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10-09-2003, 12:05 PM
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Originally Posted by thor dyck
this sounds like wishfull thinking to me. I have heard from a few people like Bob mackenzie talk about lowering the ufa age but you are the first to have any insight into the practical implementation of the new cba agreement.
It's quite simple actually. Bertuzzi's contract expires at the end of this season. At that time, the Canucks will make a qualifying offer to him, which would effectively assure them that his rights are there's for another season. This would be under the current CBA, and by most accounts is considered a "contract". When the current CBA expires, the old contracts remain, so why would a qualifying offer be any different? Unless the NHL decides to dismiss all of the contracts from the last CBA, which they would never do, Bertuzzi won't be a UFA for at least two years from now.

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