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11-12-2012, 05:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Alesle View Post
It's all about reducing the players leverage for the 2nd contract, allowing teams to maintain their homegrown players longer at a lower cost. 2 years ELC, 5 year maximum length on contracts and UFA after 8 seasons leaves the players with very little, if any, leverage for their 2nd contract.
My bad, I wasn't very clear...

I understand why the league wants two year ELCs. What I don't understand, is why the players have dug in on the issue.

Rookie contracts you would assume would be on the bottom of the totem pole for the PA. Unless they know it is an important issue to the league, and are trying to play it up as a core issue for them, to gain leverage elsewhere if they concede the ELCs.

It's the only thing that makes sense to me.

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