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07-27-2007, 02:57 AM
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Originally Posted by hardcore_fan View Post
Umm, only two of those players are Oilers at the moment.I just don't see how this redistribution from RFA to UFA (which what Oilers fans seem to saying this about) helps small markets teams including Edmonton.Now it just means that guys like JF Jaques can tell Lowe they want $4,5 mil as soon as they crack 40 pts.How does driving up the price of young what should be cheap talent help a team like Edmonton except in the VERY short term?
If Jacques scores 29G and a GM offers him the contract, then we'll worry about it.

What he is doing, is forcing teams that hoard UFAs every summer (TO, NYR, Det. Col. etc.) to spend more to keep their talented youngsters. That forces them closer to the cap so they can't sign all the UFAs they want. This opens up the UFA market to teams (like Edmonton) that have traditionally had problems signing big name UFAs.

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