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11-10-2008, 09:58 PM
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Originally Posted by fr4ed2384 View Post
LS, I thought Sharks had only 2 years to sign Sateri or lose his rights and Sateri becomes an FA under the agreement.
Were he a North American prospect that would be true. But the NHL recently "decreed" that as long as there is no (IIHF-NHL) transfer agreement, teams hold onto their European draftees "indefinitely". (And the NHLPA is appealing this situation to the US NLRB.)

AIUI a North American prospect would not become a free agent, but go back into the draft (one time) and then if undrafted would become free agent.

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