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12-06-2012, 05:23 PM
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Originally Posted by jniklast View Post
Those were all 3 year deals (minus Avery I think). I just don't see how a 5 year limit would affect them.
Bettman didn't anticipate 13 year deals as a response to 27 y/o ufa. That worked for the players. The point is we don't know how it will work for a few years. Over 35 deals were supposed to be done but there you have Doan and Whitney.

Based on history, GMs will find a new incentive to spice up a deal and 5 year deals with full NMCs will be standard.

All this stuff is commodities. Getting hung up on the outcome is not important. If the NHL wants it, bargain. If it won't impact players, why are they jeopardizing a deal for it? The NBA has a ridiculously low ufa age. That was for this 4/5 year deal the league is proposing. It seems like the league is offering 5/7 for not raising ufa.

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