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01-14-2013, 04:58 PM
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Originally Posted by JTG View Post
I have a question with the new re-signing rule. So is it that a player can be re-signed by 8 years if re-signed by the club he was with the previous season, or is it just guys drafted by said team?

If it's guys who played out their current contract with the old squad, say we traded for a top pairing guy on an expiring contract at the deadline, we could then sign him for 8 years instead of 7 correct? If that's how the rule goes, deadline deals could be interesting for elite players and teams seeking those players. If the guy is young, you'd rather get him on your squad before he hits free agency, and if you're a player who wants to play on that squad, it'd work out best for you to try to get that extra year.
You've got it right. According to Elliotte Friedman's column today, the player just has to be on your reserve list at the most recent trade deadline to qualify for the eighth-year exception. So any deadline rentals would be able to be re-signed in the summer for up to eight years.

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