McKenzie:rookie$ will take it on the chin
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09-29-2003, 06:43 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Buffalo, NY
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Hope this doesn't bring back too much bad deja vu from our recent exchanges on the Maurice Clarett thread, but I'm going to beg to differ. I believe that what is being suggested is not that the NHL will break contracts with rookies, but that the NHLPA and NHL will reach a new agreement to severely reduces the limit of what rookies can be paid as part of a jointly negotiated CBA. Apart from standard form contracts signed with individual players that expire after the CBA expires, I would not think that there's any aspect of the CBA could not be re-negotiated within the context of collective bargaining. So I don't see any reason why unsigned rookies could not be successfully sacrificed by the NHLPA when the ink's finally dry on the upcoming CBA.
p.s. - Unlike the Clarett discussion, in which you and DeathFromAbove pointed out to me that the current NFL CBA has a gap that does not specifically mention minimum draft age, I think Leon Wood's unsuccessful case against the NBA does apply here.
The difference with the NHL draft is that players have to sign a document to opt-in. It's a legal document that is part of the current CBA. If the NHL changes the terms these players were drafted under when they signed the opt-in form, they also void the opt-in form, which nullifies the draft. Those players would either become UFA's or be subject to re-drafting under the new CBA.
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