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07-14-2012, 01:59 AM
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Originally Posted by number72 View Post
Yep. The signing bonus and length are largely under their control of management.
I don't get why the NHLPA needs to approve the bonus/contract length. I mean, why can't the owners/GM simply agree to not provide bonuses nor offer these long contracts. The risk I see is a player walks to the KHL. And if a GM cheats he loses draft picks.

In fact, what the owners could push for terms that allow only the team with the player on their roster (Nashville in Suter's case) to offer a bonus and a 6 year contract. And other UFA teams have 5 year and no bonus.
I'm pretty sure that's a collusion/anti-trust/whatever issue, and the owners/GMs would get sued for it.

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