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10-27-2003, 06:54 AM
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That had nothing to do with arbitration...
That's odd beacuse when I look at the link it incldes the following
Group V NHL Free Agent
If a player has completed at least 10 seasons of professional hockey (in the NHL or minor leagues) and earned less than the NHL average salary during the previous season, he has the right to become Unrestricted Free Agent. Eligible players have until July 15 to elect Group V status. A player can be a Group V Free Agent only once in his career.
The average NHL salary for the 2002-03 season was $1,790,209.
Group VI NHL Free Agent
A player aged 25 or older, who has completed at least three seasons of professional hockey (in the NHL or minor leagues), and (a) in the case of a player other than a goaltender has played fewer than 80 NHL games (regular-season and playoff), or (b) in the case of a goaltender has played fewer than 28 NHL games (regular-season and playoff), is an Unrestricted Free Agent.
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.