KOVALCHUK traded to the New Jersey Devils for Bergfors, Oduya, Cormier & 1st rounder
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02-04-2010, 05:49 PM
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No they did not, they signed before the summer when no other teams could offer them contracts.
Excactly. But they were still "free agents" negotiating with their team for a contract. If they didn't want to re-sign, they could say no and get a different deal in the off-season; shop the market.
Whether or not they sign before or after the free agency period, if their contract ends that season, they are free agents! Once they extend their contract, they're no longer free agents.
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