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11-15-2012, 09:12 AM
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Originally Posted by patnyrnyg View Post
With a salary cap, the concept of RFA, UFA, and RFA with or without Arb rights is just plain unnecessary. People want to use the NBA and NFL as their guideline for the revenue split. Well, not sure on the NBA as I do not follow but the NFL has a much LESS restrictive free-agnecy process.
First off, NFL careers are on average much shorter than NHL careers. NFL also doesn't have any minor leagues; the drafted players enter the league at a much older age and are expected to contribute (in some fashion) right away. Consequently the typical NFL UFA age is 27, which also happens to be the typical UFA age for NHL players.

Based on this, I believe the current systems of the leagues are 'equally restrictive' for the players, and shouldn't need much change.

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