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10-09-2003, 12:08 PM
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Originally Posted by thor dyck
It is also unlikely Bertuzzi, now 28, would become a UFA before age 30 even under a new agreement, should that agreement lower the present minimum age to become a UFA. Any lowering of UFA ages were phased in a year at a time in the past agreement & likely it will be similar in any new agreement. Add that to the fact that Bertuzzi's qualifying offer & any filling for aribitration falls under the present agreement & so Vancouver is likely assured of at least 1 year after this contract runs out. The earliest an arbitrated contract would run out would leave Bertuzzi at age 30 anyway.

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 not really wishfull thinking at all to think that the current CBA will be in effect until it expires. Bertuzzi's contract expires during the current CBA. Since I can't see the Canuck's not qualifying him, he'll likely remain their property for at least one year after his current contract.

It's wishfull thinking on other teams' parts to think that for some bizzare reason, the owners will scrap the CBA before it expires and lower the UFA age, making Bertuzzi a UFA after his current contract.

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