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10-27-2003, 03:53 AM
Kevin Lowe made the he's mine until 31 comment seemingly forgetting about salary arbitration. A player aged 25 or older, or who has at least five years of NHL experience, qualifies for salary arbitration when his contract expires. Teams are not obliged to accept salary arbitration decisions. But if a team walks away from a salary arbitration award, the player may elect to become a Free Agent within seven days.
Does anyone here believe that an arbitrator would give Comrie $1.13M, the Oilers qualifying offer? Guess what Kevin. You might control his destiny until he's 31 but someone other than you may control how much you pay him.