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05-03-2005, 01:18 AM
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Lockout intangibles

The obvious effect of no CBA is the loss of a season, but the longer the two sides wait to agree on a new deal, the more confusing it gets for players and owners. -- The intangibles of the NHL lockout are starting to show, and for some of the league's best players it may mean switching uniforms.

Under the expired CBA, teams must offer restricted free-agents making less than the league average at least a 10 percent raise before midnight on July 1 to retain their rights. Since the league is currently not operating, regular rules of engagement do not apply.

In the case of top-tier players, a category which includes Thrashers Dany Heatley and Ilya Kovalchuk, players may consider legal action to become free-agents when the July 1 deadline passes.

To avoid such a conflict, the NHL wants a deal with the union no later than July 1 and preferably before June 1.

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