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09-21-2011, 01:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Chris Shafer View Post

Signing big name CHL players before they turn 20 is a big deal.

Also, it only hurts his number of RFA years should he make the team.
Big difference Chris between Arbitration status, and Free Agent status. 2 completely different issues.

Originally Posted by Rick Deckard View Post
You get seven years of "guaranteed" service. From 18 to 25, from 19 to 26 or from 20 to 27. Nothing complicated.

The 20 to 27 may be a bit better as the player is more mature, closer to his peak.

Signing him now changed nothing, it changes once he accrues the season (40 games on the roster)
Exactly. So if you sign a player at 18 and he makes the team, he can become a UFA early in his career before reaching his prime mature years. That's how Hartnell became a UFA at 25.

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