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02-21-2013, 03:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Djp View Post
Rights are not the same as the ability to negotiate.

Yes he is a restricted FA---which means a team can negotate with him...but...if they sign him to a contract..the original team still has the rights to accept the contract and keep him. they do not lose thos rights until they do a sign and trade or they let the 7 days expire.

Because they have his rights he can come back at ANYTIME without needing to clear waivers. an example is Radalov with Nashville...he was still under contract with the club thus they retained his rights and he didnt have to clear waivers.

Pulling someone in from Europe whom you didnt have their rights currently (draft pick) does have to clear waivers in order play later in the season. Previously to stash contracts teams lent vets on loan to european clubs to remove their contract on their cap hit (though they still paid them)...when their season is done they can come back to the NHL club without clearing waivers.
Radulov was a special exemption that the Preds had to get approval from the NHL. The reasoning they used was he had a contract when he left, which was illegal under the transfer agreement. So they just wanted the player back that had no rights to leave in the first place.

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