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10-17-2012, 05:08 AM
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Originally Posted by SK13 View Post
Well you are right about the Oilers having Yakupov for one more year of ELC, the changes to contracts actually do not necessarily favor the Oilers.

Think about it. A rookie signs a 2 year ELC, needs to play 8 years to hit UFA status. So he needs a six year deal to push him there after his ELC, only contracts are capped at 5 years with very limited loading (only 5% increments year-over-year is permitted under the current proposal).

In reality, the Oilers will likely have to pay Yakupov millions more and push him to free agency BECAUSE he's on a 3 year ELC. More bargaining power.
I see what you're saying, but unless they completely change the compensation for signing another team's RFA, I doubt most teams are going to be willing to give up 4 1st round picks and a large amount of cap space to a player that they can only sign for 5 years.

I just see it that the Oilers won't have to throw in that extra .25-.5 million to purchase the player's extra UFA year.

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