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01-15-2013, 02:11 AM
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Originally Posted by palindrom View Post
They can only negotiate, one week before 1st july, but they cant sign any contract until july.

In the last CBA, teams wasn't allowed to talk with upcoming UFA until the 1st july.
Not true. Teams could ask for permission to talk to players prior to July 1st. That's why deals get signed within the first five, ten minutes. Seems to me the major difference is that teams don't have to ask for permission anymore, which is actually a benefit, as we might actually see more trades to acquire the rights to the player and sign them.

And I'm guessing since players can sign a deal longer than if they signed as a UFA, the importance of trades will be emphasized that much more.

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