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09-27-2003, 09:49 AM
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Originally Posted by CREW99AW
Not really isles related but an interesting article.

But with only a year left on the current collective bargaining agreement, no NHL team, especially the Panthers, intends to dole out a Thornton or Kovalchuk type contract, not when they can wait one year in the anticipation of a true rookie salary cap in the new CBA. No one knows what will transpire, or when, but smart money suggests that entry-level players are going to take it on the chin.
That was very good. It's going to be interesting to see if teams like Florida and Pittsburgh choose to sign these player now if they can really help or letting them go back to juniors and waiting for a new CBA so they may not have to pay less bonus money. If a strike happens the AHL announced they will be operating so these players can play in that league, but they will not be getting paid by the parent clubs.

I think it played into DiPietro's situtation in his rookie year. I think it absoultely played into Luongo's demotion a game short of his bouns and maybe was the final issue for Milbury, even though Luongo played in the AHL playoffs for the Isles affiliate in Lowell at the time.

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