So like last year, Drury and Gomez signed 1st july with Rangers. They got like a couple of hours to decide where they would (probably) spend their entire career and where they were going to live for the next 7-8 years?
How can they decide so fast? Teams declare interest a week before 1st july and the player gets a week to decide wich city/teams they are going to?
League sources told Sun Media yesterday that they've "never seen it so quiet" before the NHL free-agency period begins because teams are worried they'll be charged with tampering if they engage in anything that can be construed as contract discussions before Tuesday at noon.
While agents have always tried to get a handle on the unrestricted market before July 1, sources say Bettman told the GMs during a meeting at the Stanley Cup final in Detroit that if he caught somebody tampering, the team involved "would be prosecuted to the full extent of the law."
Though punishment would be at Bettman's discretion, an NHL executive believes it would start out with a $1-million fine and, at the very least, a first-round draft pick.