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12-11-2012, 02:54 AM
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RedWingsNow*
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Throwing the players a couple bones hardly constitutes "concessions."

Making UFA earlier just corrected the market. the game's best players -- at least at forward, peak in their mid 20s (if not early 20s). So now they are getting their best contracts at their peaks.

Back in the 90s and early 2000s, players weren't hitting their payday until they were 30-31 years old -- long past their peak.


In my opinion, with a salary cap, there's not much reason to even have restricted free agency.

Maybe your first contract should be 4 years (true NHL years) and then you hit UFA.

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