College players to become free agents?

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  1. Captain Ron

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    This is the first I have heard of this. If true it may keep teams from drafting college players. Also some interesting info on minor league players.

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/hockey/nhl/2005-07-24-question-answer-cba_x.htm

     
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    I could be wrong on this. But this isn't really that big a deal. I believe the rules now are that you own a College Players rights until 1 year after his Class graduates. This is only moving the time to sign a player up 1 year. Most College players that will earn an NHL contract will get that right after his senior year anyway.
     
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    Would these UFA College players be outside the entry-level system? If no, then this isn't a big deal, but if yes.....
     
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    Nope. They go thru the ELS in either case, so it's not a big deal - unless he's on the 7 yr degree program.

    And in any case, it's pretty rare for a top college prospect to actually play all 4 NCAA years before signing. Most jump their sophmore, junior, or senior year.

     
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    i would imagine that if a team picked the player up off of waivers in this situation they would be required to put them on their NHL roster... doesn't make much sense w/out that being the deal.
     
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    I LOVE this rule. Fantastic.

    I'll be renewing my Ohio State season tix.
     
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    It could create a good situation for US college hockey to develop some top level players.

    Could make the 09 Frozen Four in Tampa very interesting.
     
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    Frozen four in TB, what a joke!! As well as Ford field in Detroit, good luck NCAA!!
     
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    Because they play the Frozen Four.... outside?
     
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    Disagree - This is a big deal

    Before if a college player didn't sign after graduating he had to sit out at least a year before signing with another team. Now he only has to sit out 2.5 months and won't lose a season.
     
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    We all know how people just hate coming to Florida on vacation, with the bad weather and all.
    :biglaugh:
     
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    There are two NHL teams in Florida, we've had two NHL All-Star Games in Florida, and the Lightning won a Stanley Cup in Florida, are they all jokes to you too? Get real!! The game isn't played outdoors so what's your problem?
     
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    it won't prevent teams from picking ncaa players because the really good ones don't stay in school for 4 years anyway.

    CHL players can be lost if they aren't signed after 2 years and that doesn't scare any teams away, so why would having to sign guys within 5 years make a difference?
     
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    Because you might have that occasional guy who even though he is talented might want to graduate just in case the whole "hockey thing" doesn't work out.
     
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    Ok, correct me if I'm wrong here, but isn't the word 'unsigned' missing from the initial quote? There's no way a college kid with a signed contract will automatically gain UFA status upon graduation. If I'm right that this only applies to unsigned players, then it's a non-issue for anyone with a legit shot at the NHL, but it might have an impact on stocking AHL teams.
     
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    This is a moot point... he won't "sit out a year" he'd play in the AHL, ECHL, UHL, or CHL but if he is good enough to play in the AHL his drafting team will sign him.
     
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    It's not a question of the player being good enough to play; it's about the player holding the team hostage with unreasonable demands or flatly refusing to sign and then being able to be a UFA and pick your team and still play that season. While a player always has the right to never sign with a given drafting team, before it would cost that player a year after graduation to make that decision. Now it won't.
     
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    It was left out because once an NCAA player signs a pro contract, he is no longer eligible to play NCAA hockey.
     
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