Now, I have to say that this deal could be a pretty good thing for the players if they market themselves and the game properly. Which leads me to the topic at hand, the fanplayer interaction. Essentially, lowering the UFA age gives players the freedom to move where they want and market themselves. True. However, from a PA standpoint (whoever leads the union now, Mike Gartner?) you'd have to think that PA officials are advicing their players to try and stay with their teams, create a strong community relationship and help market the game. Which would seemingly defeat the purpose of lowering the UFA. Take for example the Flames, my team. If Iginla bolts off to New York or Philly or "whereever he was ment to be" what kind of hindrance would that have from not only a Flames standpoint, but a Canadian standpoint where many (but note not all) have grown attachment to the Flames? Or if Ryan Smyth bolts from Edmonton? I can honestly see superstars like Rick Nash and Ilya Kovalchuk, who are the ones primed to market themselves freely (up to the cap restrictions) stay put for the betterment of the NHL and in turn, the PA/ If anything, I would guess you would see far less movement, not more (sans this off season). With limitations of the cap imposing teams to deal contracts almost exactly dollar for dollar, it will be hard to make transactions and fit under the cap, both self imposed or forced. Off season will likely give way to the most player movement as contracts will be released at the same time as they are signed, but as above, community connections may prevail over going for that extra $300k to play in Toronto. Thoughts?