A good reason starts with training camp — two key players, Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes, chose to miss most of training camp and the exhibition games to hold out for more money.

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Why another season out of the NHL playoffs? A good reason starts with training camp — two key players, Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes, chose to miss most of training camp and the exhibition games to hold out for more money.

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This additional money came at the expense of the coaching staff and teammates who were trying to put together a team — with a significant handicap by not having two key players. These players’ actions were a disservice to their teammates, the coaches, the owners, and especially to the fans.

I know these holdouts happen all the time with a benefit in terms of a few more dollars — if you are making $5 million-plus, is an additional $1 million or so relevant? — but at a significant disadvantage to others as noted above.

With these players available for the full training camp, it is conceivable that the early 8-15-2 record, after which the coach and GM were fired, might have been 11-12-2 for an additional six points, which would have meant to playoff berth.

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In my opinion, two players gained during the pre-season meant a loss to their teammates, the owners, and the fans.

Brian Wallace, North Vancouver

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