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10-09-2003, 09:29 AM
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Originally Posted by thor dyck
I don't think yo will see too many 28 year old guys get traded this year. Many have predicted that the ufa age will be lowered in the next cba in return for cost certainty.

Bert will be 29 in january and quite possibly a ufa after this season.
Nope. The CBA doesn't expire until Sept 15th, 2004. The Canucks can give Bertuzzi a qualifying offer and retain his rights under the old CBA. Unless the NHL decides to not honour any contracts heading in to the new CBA(very unlikely), Bert will remain Vancouver property for as long as it takes to get the new CBA done. If Todd was smart, he'd try to get a long term deal done before the CBA expires, because you never know what the new CBA will bring.

As for a return on Bertuzzi, if he were dealt the Canucks would have to decide whether they trade him for established players, or trade him for younger potential stars and decide to start another re-build.

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