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06-27-2013, 11:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Parker McDonald View Post
I don't agree with this for two reasons.

1. Who says there is an agreement between the two teams? It may be obvious that they are, but no one will be there to see this agreement.

2. The entire "circumvention" rule seems to be BS. It's as if the rule is "if you're not sure if what you're about to do is allowed, assume it's not."

There is no clear rule on saying you can't trade a player who then gets bought out to then sign that player. It's not in the CBA. How could Tampa be so sure that Toronto is going to buy out Lecavalier? Everyone will swear that this is what they're doing, but prove it. For all we know, Toronto could think they're getting a steal just for these draft picks.
The CBA very clearly prohibits a team from buying out a player and then re-signing that player.

Trading the player so that another team can buy out the player, and then re-signing the player, is an obvious circumvention of the rule.

If tampa traded VL + their 1st for a 3rd round pick, do you honestly think anyone would believe that it's a valid hockey deal? Toronto isn't going to do the deal unless they are getting something significant.

The NHL would absolutely block that deal, and if necessary, bring in an arbitrator to determine punishment, just like they did with the Kovy case.

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