Does Anybody Here Remember Vera Lynn? (CBA & Lockout Discussion) XXVIII
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11-15-2012, 01:50 PM
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It'd be very easy for me to say that I didn't sign P.K. Subban to an offer sheet because I:
A) "didn't feel it was the right move for our club"
B) "didn't feel he was what our team needed"
C) "felt as though 'player X' was a better option"
There are countless ways a team can spin not going after the BPA (I'm not saying he is; he was just the first RFA that a saw listed).
I'm more specifically talking about the whole notion that the contract limits have to be put in place to protect owners from other owners. We already know that owners already have unwritten rules in place about poaching. 10 years until a player can get to free agency means a majority of players will never make it to FA. I think that the average career is 7 or 8 years in the NHL. 5 years ELC, with no arbitration rights, 5 year maximum contract lengths. I believe these provisions which have been there from day 1 have been a huge sticking point for the PA. If the owners threw all of these ludicrous demands out the window, we would see movement from the players.
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