The NHL lockout has seen a few veteran players ponder the end of their careers if the work stoppage swallows this season, like so many owners swallow gold-plated caviar and players swallow blue-collar man-of-the-people cans of cheap beer. (Because flimsy stereotypes make for vivid lockout writing.)
Shawn Thornton of the Boston Bruins would be "probably done." Defenseman Sean O'Donnell, an unrestricted free agent, told ESPN that "you can say 100 percent sure that if this goes long or we miss the whole year, then my career is done."
We've written about Daniel Alfredsson and Teemu Selanne's likely victory laps in the 2012-13 season being truncated by the lockout. But what if there is no season through which to victoriously lap? Would that be the end for a player like Selanne?