I know this is kinda off topic, but I didnt wanna start another thread, but does anyone think we have a shot at signing RJ Umberger from New York??? He just became a free agent yesturday I believe. Hes rated a 7 here on HF.
The difference between a player that goes back in the draft from 2002 and one that becomes a free agent (The difference between Tim Brent(ANA) and Aaron Rome(LA)) is age.
If a player has Junior eligibilty left he can go into the draft. If he is ineligible for the CHL then he becomes a UFA. I think the age break down is turning 21 after September 30th 2004 but don't quote me on the exact date.