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02-16-2012, 06:35 AM
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Originally Posted by BrooklynRangersFan View Post
Just to clarify, RB, how long do we have his rights if he graduates at the end of this semester as expected? Do we have to sign him right away or do we have a full year? Also, is it something that might change under a new CBA or would it be grandfathered in if he graduated while the current one is still in effect? Lastly, if there's a lockout, could we potentially lose his rights during the delay?

Any idea on any of the above?
Current CBA rules. August 15,2013. It's the August 15 after his class graduates.

Article 8 of the CBA

c) College Players.
(i) If a Player drafted at age 18 or 19 is a bona fide college student at
the time of his selection in the Entry Draft, or becomes a bona fide
college student prior to the first June 1 following his selection in
the Entry Draft, and remains a bona fide college student through
the graduation of his college class, his drafting Club shall retain the
exclusive right of negotiation for his services through and
including the August 15 following the graduation of his college
. The Club need not make a Bona Fide Offer to such Player to
retain such rights.
His class graduates in 2013.

The CBA expires on 9/15/12. Why would the rules become less restrictive?

In fact,the NHL might push for longer entry level contracts. Instead of 3 years being the max,they might want 4 or 5 years. Change the bonus structure.

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