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10-17-2012, 12:15 AM
Bob E
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CBC article:

Other components of this deal include:

Players would be eligible for unrestricted free agency at age 28 or eight years of service. In the past CBA, a player was eligible to become a UFA at 27 or seven years of service.

Contract lengths were capped at five years.

Revenue sharing among the 30 teams was increased to $200-million from $150-million.

Owners want one-way contracts buried in AHL to count against NHL salary cap, something they tried but could not get in last CBA.

Entry-level contracts would be reduced to two seasons from three.

The NHL has not liked the way term and average salaries have increased in recent seasons in a player's second contract.

A two-year entry level contract and five-year cap on the lengths of deals would allow teams to hang on to players through three contracts before they hit unrestricted free agency.

Interesting too, that having only a 2-yr entry level contract would likely mean most young players coming off their ELC may not have established themselves as much as they might with 3 yrs experience. Alex Burmistrov after two years might have very different contract demands of an Alex Burmistrov after three years (if this 3 and final ELC yr is a 'break-out' year).

Interesting to see what the players think of the offer.

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