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09-16-2012, 04:18 PM
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Originally Posted by HatTrick Swayze View Post
I don't understand what the rush is to lock players up before the CBA expires, unless you are trying to sign a deal over 5 years.

Worst case scenario, players have exactly the same leverage they do now. They very well could have less (arbitration eligibility and UFA age), making the new-CBA deals cheaper.

I think Sather played it well. Only potential exception is McD; personally I would not mind locking him in. But I get that that is not his style, and I think it is better to err to far this way than too far the other way (locking players into big deals too early).
This. Don't understand the flurry of deals yesterday, teams in a hurry to overpay guys when the rules are about to change.

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