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09-28-2003, 07:27 PM
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I don't believe they'll be able to impose any restrictions on unsigned draft picks with a new CBA that were drafted under the current CBA. These players enrolled in the draft under the current CBA. The declaration document for making oneself available for the draft is part of the CBA. If the NHL tries to change the rules after the fact, those players could be declared UFA's. In effect, these players signed a contract with the NHL when they filed for the draft and the NHL is obligated to fullfill it.

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