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01-11-2013, 06:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Le Tricolore View Post
AH, okay, then my friend at work is mildly ********.
I found this:

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As of 2008, any player whose contract has expired can declare himself an unrestricted free agent if he is at least 27 years old or has at least seven years of service as an NHL player.

Between 2005 and 2008, the age of unrestricted free agency declined from 31 to 27. More details here.
Originally Posted by Marc the Habs Fan View Post
Then don't put yourself in that situation as a franchise. The summer before the contract expires if it's 4+ years, you try to extend him. If he says no for whatever reason, you consider trading him.
I could of sworn the habs organization was against this for whatever reason in the past. It is clear they don't care after the Max contract. Does anyone else remember their being something about no extensions?

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