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08-03-2009, 02:27 PM
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I pointed this out on the Trade Rumor board, but I'll point it out here too simply because the NHL is just so, so stupid.
Pretend Player A was born on July 1st, 1969 and Player B was born on February 1st, 1969.
According to the NHL now, apparently Player A is allowed to have a long-term deal through 2009-2010 because he'll only be 40 when the deal expires, but Player B isn't because he'll be 41 when the deal expires.
But Player A is only 5 months younger than Player B.
Nice one NHL, the league that gets dumber every day.
With all due respect...guys born 5 minutes apart can be draft eligible a year apart. Fact of the matter is you need to pick a date...arbitrary? Sure. But if you're going to apply a rule that requires a date of demarcation (any age-related rule), then it's going to play out like that.
Moreover, as one of the thing Malcom Gladwell has talked about (specific to Jeff Carter, in fact), being "old" for your draft year is actually an advantage for some of these guys...just as being young for your draft year can be a disadvantage.
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