Couturier signs entry-level contract
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09-22-2011, 12:20 PM
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Obviously, you have no idea how it works. Regardless, unless something off the wall happens, such as a Q offer mistake , you get a player for 7 years as an RFA. What does happen when you sign a player early, is that he can reach UFA status early. If he makes the team now, and stays on the roster for 40 games, he will reach UFA status at 26, instead of 27.
Waivers is based on games played, and signing him now or later,has no effect there.
I do know how it works and what you quoted initially, claiming it was wrong, it very much incorrect. Let me explain. SIGNING him NOW, what was in question, has absolutely no bearing on his entry level contract length nor when he reaches UFA status. Signing him now, sending him back to juniors for the year, and then having him on the team NEXT year counts EXACTLY the same as just signing him NEXT year and having him on the team next year. His entry level contract is still in effect until after the 2014/15 season and he's STILL an RGA until age 26. Thus, signing him now has absolutely no effect on when his entry level contract expires nor when he can become an UFA. The same holds true for if he is sent back to juniors for 2 more years and doesn't join the team until he's 20 compared to just signing him when he's 20.
The ONLY thing in the CBA that is tied to WHEN you sign your entry level contract is the amount of time you are waiver exempt (IIRC). EVERYTHING else is dependant upon how many games you play.
Now, if the Flyers keep him on the team THEN it can affect when his entry level contract expires and when he is UFA eligable but that is not what the original poster was saying, he was saying that SIGNING HIM, not signing him and KEEPING him on the team, has no effect upon his entry level contract and RFA years.
While Chris was not correct in saying that siging him now enables the Flyers to get the most years out of his RFA time, you saying that it's the opposite is wrong too. SIGNING him has absolutely no bearing upon what year he becomes an UFA.
The benefit of signing him now is that we probably get him cheaper than if he went back to juniors, played well and then we tried to sign him after dominating juniors for another year or 2 (compare Jeff Skinners contract to that of B Schenns for an example of this).
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