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09-23-2004, 11:21 PM
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Originally Posted by thinkwild
The owners start the year with their financial advisors, probably looking over their 5 year plan, the revenues they are going to get, the rate at which their young players are approaching their right to negotiate their market value, and formulate a plan on how to manage their assets to do it, and what budget to set. In this sense, it is a free market

Im not sure if its limiting supply, but setting the leverage their under 31 years old players have to negotiate their value in the marketplace.

Its possible that making everyone a UFA would lower some salaries. But Thats a drastic change, allowing Crosby and Heatley to negotiate their real value. I dont think the effects would be as pleasing as you seem to be suggesting. It takes away the advantage Ottawa used to become one of the model franchises.
Not a free market. NHL did not run in a free market system. I have studied Economics, and currently I am in a Marceconomics class, none of what you speak of is a free market system.

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