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06-29-2011, 07:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Fitzy Duke of NY View Post
The new CBA needs to eliminate the trading of players solely for negotiation rights.

This has been getting out of control this year. Mike Rupp's rights being tried as a commodity? It ruins the idea of free agency.

Up the UFA age to 29 in order to provide incentive for drafting well and often, and make it so playerc cannot be dealt after the deadline in the waning month's of their contract before unrestricted free agency.
No, they don't. In the Penguins' case, from the time the season ended up to Friday, they have exclusive negotiation rights, when Friday comes, Rupp is free to negotiate with anyone. That's very fair. If somebody else wants to negotiate with that player before everyone else does, they have every right to trade for that players rights. Even in baseball, teams have exclusive negotiating rights for two weeks until the player files for free agency, Toronto traded for Miguel Olivo during that period last year to obtain his rights (but they were really after the draft pick attached to his Type B free agent status).

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