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11-14-2012, 01:40 PM
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Originally Posted by JMT21 View Post
This might be a can of worms or completely irrelevant..... but maybe all future contracts should be tied directly into the length of the current CBA that is in place.

This way all player contracts would expire alongside the CBA. If a new CBA has an 8 year term the 8 years would be max. length contract. If a players contract expires one year before the CBA expires then said player could only sign a one year deal... etc.

Not sure if that benefits either side of course.
No way either side goes for that. The owners want to hold onto the players they drafted and marketed, while the NHLPA doesn't want this:
Originally Posted by PensFanSince1989 View Post
So everyone would be a UFA at once? Wow, that's sure he interesting, to say the least....
If all the players hit free agency simultaneously, their price drops significantly for everyone but the very cream of the crop. Scarcity of free agents is what causes the lucrative deals for UFAs right now. The fact that there's only one or two Ryan Suter and Zach Parise-calibre players on the market at any given time is how bidding wars start. Mid-level players, in particular, benefit from this as they can quickly become highly valued targets on a barren market. If you flood the market with players, there will be plenty of bidding for guys like Crosby, Giroux, Malkin, Ovechkin, Lundqvist, and Weber but the rest of the players would see a massive decline in demand.

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