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11-27-2012, 12:40 PM
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Some thoughts on Benn's next contract, taking some news of the CBA negotiations and applying it to this case:

Eberle’s extension kicks in next summer, and it brings him to the age of 29. The current UFA age in the NHL is 27 (or seven accrued seasons). The NHL initially demanded that all players have 10 years of experience before becoming UFAs, but they have since softened that demand to eight years accrued (or at the age of 28, whichever comes first). That extra year isn’t a significant change from the previous CBA, but it does give teams an extra year of ownership over their restricted assets.

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