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02-26-2013, 02:27 AM
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Originally Posted by danishh View Post
they changed the rules again this CBA, but for the past 7 years, the fear with european goalies was that they were more likely to turn UFA before they were ready for you.
Yep, they changed it again in the new CBA, which is why I think it's a good idea to take advantage of the new rules to it's fullest extent:

"NHL Clubs who draft European Players age 18 or 19 shall obtain four (4) years of exclusive negotiating rights following selection in the Draft."

Late round picks should be focused on taking Euros & college kids. You get their rights, effectively, for 4 years each, whereas Major Junior players you only get the two. For late round picks, having those extra two years to keep an eye on a kid before offering him a contract is a huge advantage for a GM.

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