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12-29-2012, 10:28 AM
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The big 2nd contract will still exist. Salary arbitration at 2 or 3 or 4 years forces the team to pay the player early. The NHL proposed abolishing salary arbitration. Then they tried to make it 5 years for players 18-20. Its the same system again. Free agency was proposed at 10 years. Then 8 or 28. Stays the same. Free agency at 7 or 27 forces the team to pay the player earlier. The NHL proposed a 5 year ELC. 2 years guaranteed and 3 option years. Then they proposed a 2 year ELC figuring a player won't the stats for 2nd contact. However,the NHL backed off. Its the same system. 3 years for players 18-21,etc. All of these systems have remained the same. Fehr wouldn't budge on these.

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