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09-20-2012, 12:33 PM
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Originally Posted by LEAFS FAN 4 EVER View Post
That's incorrect because their contracts lose 1 year no matter if the 2012-2013 season happens or not.

During the 2004-2005 lockout the Leafs still had Brian Leetch signed for 1 more year, however once the season was cancelled he eventually became a UFA and signed with Boston for the 2005-2006 season.
While that is what happened last time, its also not written in the CBA either as standard operating practice.

It was specially negotiated clause as an exception (addendum to the CBA) , similar to the one time % rollback/pay cut the players took, that is not guaranteed to happen again simply because it happened last time.

The reason the NHLPA agreed to it last time was that UFA age dropped significantly and so it was advantages for the group to have a year tick off their deals so they could get to UFA status earlier and benefit by recouping their previous losses by signing new contracts.

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