Lockout IV: One likes to believe in the freedom of hockey (Moderated: see post #2)
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12-09-2012, 12:17 AM
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Secondly-- if it is that important, why is the league willing to go to 7? It's either a risk or drag on franchise values or it's not. It's not a risk for a home team at 7 yrs, but is a hill to die on for 5 yrs otherwise?
I think the 7 year contracts to own players is to give smaller teams a bit of an inside track to keeping their own players. Having a slightly bigger chance to keep the face of the franchise is a good thing. If Nashville can offer Weber a 7 year deal and Philly only a 5 year offer sheet, the dynamic might change a bit.
I also think the 7 year contract for these players was a concession to NHLPA. It wasn't there from the beginning. So look at it as something the negotiation jedi Fehr won if it makes you feel better about it.
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