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03-18-2004, 04:40 PM
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Originally Posted by in the hall
i'll give it a shot.... he asked before what would happen if the rangers traded him to edm for a second then signed him (ie: brian leetch)... he was told they would get penalyzed

now hes asking why wouldn't vancouver get penalyzed if they signed him after having traded him
To whomever posted the original (thanks for clarifying Hall):

The Leetch-Edmonton trade was different, as I explained above (read the post, it will enlighten you). It's a trade in which an impending NHL player (with a contract that is about to expire) is traded to another team. The team then loses him to Free Agency and gets a compensatory pick as part of losing him. That is a loop-hole.

In Umbergers case, he doesn't have a contract right now. All the Rangers did, by trading for him, was acquire his "rights". If the Rangers do not sign him by June 1st, they lose exclusive rights to sign him. Which means that although they can still pursue him; all 29 other teams will be eligible to do so as well - including, of course, the Canucks.

Now where the NHL might have a greivance is if the Rangers come to an agreement with Umberger but choose to delay the signing of the agreement until after the date of June 1st, so they can receive both Umberger (in the signing) and a 2nd round pick (in losing Umberger's exclusive rights). That could result in a heavy fine or some other sort of punishment for the Rangers.

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