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12-09-2012, 12:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Freudian View Post
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.
Bingo. This the exact reason.

Otherwise it would be 5 across the board.

As a Leafs fan I would be happy with 5 across the board but I guess Phoenix needs to keep a few good players.

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