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04-20-2013, 05:04 PM
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UDFA Signing Freeze

Gentleman,

I've heard through the grapevine that there have been a lot of offers lately for UDFA's.

Just a reminder that there is a signing freeze in effect for such players until the offseason, as of the HFNHL trade deadline.

With a slew of new GM's, I suppose this was something that should have been posted following the deadline. It's been one of those rules we've had for a while that I suppose we assume most people know about. It's to prevent the signing of College and European free agents, who get NHL deals at the conclusion of their seasons.

Also, just something else to think about. As of next season, there will be a signing restriction placed on CHL overagers during the HFNHL regular season. Previously (including this season) we have allowed this. After some discussion, we've decided to include them in the same vein as College free agents and make them only available during the HFNHL offseason.

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Does this apply to offers that were submitted before the deadline on which a decision hasn't yet been made?

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If offers were in at the deadline that's fine

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If offers were in at the deadline that's fine
Thanks. I'll wait to hear from those.

As a note, though, I should note that there are some serious issues with how this is being implemented. When I first joined this league, I was warned that the rule book was out of date, and should not be totally relied upon. Now, there is an acknowledgement that new GMs should have been told about a rule, but weren't. Indeed, under "Free Agents and Contracts" in the rule book, this one appears nowhere. In fact, it says:

"Teams can re-sign a potential free agent anytime during the season."

Even if I had relied on the unreliable information, I had zero inkling that my planning had to take this never-before-broadcasted rule into consideration.

Assuming is flat out not good enough in a context where the rule book isn't an up-to-date piece of information. because now it has created an unfair playing field where my re-signing and financial strategy would have absolutely been different. I expected better.

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Thanks. I'll wait to hear from those.

As a note, though, I should note that there are some serious issues with how this is being implemented. When I first joined this league, I was warned that the rule book was out of date, and should not be totally relied upon. Now, there is an acknowledgement that new GMs should have been told about a rule, but weren't. Indeed, under "Free Agents and Contracts" in the rule book, this one appears nowhere. In fact, it says:

"Teams can re-sign a potential free agent anytime during the season."


Even if I had relied on the unreliable information, I had zero inkling that my planning had to take this never-before-broadcasted rule into consideration.

Assuming is flat out not good enough in a context where the rule book isn't an up-to-date piece of information. because now it has created an unfair playing field where my re-signing and financial strategy would have absolutely been different. I expected better.
Mike,

You can re-sign players at any time, as the rulebook states (and the rule you quoted).

I think you might be confused...

This posting refers to HFNHL free agents (as in players whose rights are not owned by an HFNHL team yet). UDFA stands for Un-drafted free agent. For example, Carl Soderberg was a player I'm sure people would have been galloping after if not for this rule. We save these types of free agents for the summer (when they often go to a lottery system).

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Thanks. I'll wait to hear from those.

As a note, though, I should note that there are some serious issues with how this is being implemented. When I first joined this league, I was warned that the rule book was out of date, and should not be totally relied upon. Now, there is an acknowledgement that new GMs should have been told about a rule, but weren't. Indeed, under "Free Agents and Contracts" in the rule book, this one appears nowhere. In fact, it says:

"Teams can re-sign a potential free agent anytime during the season."

Even if I had relied on the unreliable information, I had zero inkling that my planning had to take this never-before-broadcasted rule into consideration.

Assuming is flat out not good enough in a context where the rule book isn't an up-to-date piece of information. because now it has created an unfair playing field where my re-signing and financial strategy would have absolutely been different. I expected better.
That refers to the re-signing of your own players. Brock's post is in regards to undrafted free agents (i.e. college and juniors owned by NHL teams, but not owned by HFNHL teams).

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Understood completely now. Please accept my apologies for my misguided outburst.

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