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04-23-2009, 09:16 PM
Captain Ron
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Originally Posted by deano View Post
I'm not sure with Elkins, but am not sure why they would sign him for some practice time. I'm positive that Mullins did not burn a year of his contract. He didn't even report to the team as he is finishing up his senior year, and wanted to graduate. Doesn't contract status kick in once the player has played a game representing the NHL club?
No.....once a contract is filed in the NHL offices it is considered active. The only way a contract is extended is if the player is either 18 or 19 years old at the beginning of the season and that they do not play at least 10 NHL games. Neither pertains to Elkins or Mullen......just to show an example of this....Ted Purcell signed a 3 year deal with the Kings in April of 2007 (at the end of the 2006-07 season). He did not play for the Kings or Monarchs until 2007-08 season and he is an RFA in 2009. The only way this is possible is if the season that he signed (2006-07) counts as one of the years from his contract.

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