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10-27-2003, 05:14 AM
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Originally Posted by omar
You don't need 5 years. All you need is to be 25 or older.
From :

Article 12
Salary Arbitration

12.1. Eligibility.

(a) A player is eligible to elect salary arbitration if the
player meets the qualifications set forth in the following chart
and in Section 12.1(b) below:

First Contract Signing Age Minimum Level of
Professional Experience
Required to be
Eligible for Salary

18-20 5 years professional experience
21 4 years professional experience
22-23 3 years professional experience
24 2 years professional experience
25 and older 1 year professional experience

A player aged 18 or 19 earns a year of "professional
experience" by playing ten or more NHL games (regular season
and/or playoffs) in a given season. A player aged 20 or above
(or who turns 20 between September 16 and December 31 of the year
in which he signs his first Player Contract) earns a year of
professional experience by playing ten or more professional games
under NHL contract in a given season.

Mike Comrie signed his first professional contract at 20, so indeed he does require 5 years experience in order to file for salary arbitration. He has no way to get these years of experience without signing another contract. Before making repeated, argumentative statements, you should look up the rules. If you are stating CBA facts, it's easy to provide a source - the whole thing is online.

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