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09-29-2003, 07:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Doofis_L_Hipster
You guys are missing a key point though.

The NHLPA is going to fight the owners tooth and nail. If they do break down and accept another restrictive rookie contract system, you better believe it will be grandfathered in, just as any kind of salary cap would have to be.

The guys like Fleury, Horton and Staal are still going to get their big bucks. And if they don't, they could all become UFAs in 2005 if they're not contracted by then.

The NHLPA is going to have to offer some concession. For the majority of NHLPA members, the thing that hurts least is the concession the primarily impacts guys that aren't part of the union yet, "haven't paid their dues", etc. Althought the NHLPA would, all things being equal, want to protect rookies, but if push came to shove they the interests of the rookies would be the first to go.

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