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Significant change to free agency on table

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08:20 AM ET 11.21 | There are a few CBA matters on which the league and players have agreed. The Star has learned that the day free agents can talk to teams is expected to move from July 1 to mid- to late June. Various ideas had been proposed to get the day away from the holiday, including July 10 and Aug. 1. One strong idea has the market opening June 15, or 48 hours after the Stanley Cup is awarded -- whichever is later -- with no deals finalized until July 1. It's one of 13 NHLPA issues (out of 17) that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has publicly acknowledged the league has "agreed" to. "Agreed" may be too strong a word, though. "Right now, nothing is agreed on because we won't agree to anything until we get a deal on core economics," said one insider.

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November 21, 2012  09:01 AM ET

Why open early if the deal cant be finalized?

November 21, 2012  10:21 AM ET

About now they shouldn't be worried about the FAs and more concerned about the FOs.

November 21, 2012  10:30 AM ET

Wow, now the League and the PA are getting their ideas from the Black Friday marketing suits.

November 21, 2012  11:28 AM ET

One strong idea has the market opening June 15, or 48 hours after the Stanley Cup is awarded -- whichever is later

well now....they have THIS solved, a new CBA is right around the corner.....feh

November 21, 2012  11:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

One strong idea has the market opening June 15, or 48 hours after the Stanley Cup is awarded -- whichever is later well now....they have THIS solved, a new CBA is right around the corner.....feh

That's one huge corner :-)

November 21, 2012  12:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

That's one huge corner :-)

And you still won't find Kessel in it. :-)

November 21, 2012  12:33 PM ET
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And you still won't find Kessel in it. :-)

BAM.....like it....

November 21, 2012  12:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

BAM.....like it....

With the lockout I'm quite a bit low on my Leaf bashing quota. :-)

November 21, 2012  01:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

With the lockout I'm quite a bit low on my Leaf bashing quota. :-)

It won't take long to get back into it. A couple of pictures of His Irkness and ... away we go.

November 21, 2012  01:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

And you still won't find Kessel in it. :-)

Your welcome ;-)

November 21, 2012  02:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

One strong idea has the market opening June 15, or 48 hours after the Stanley Cup is awarded -- whichever is later well now....they have THIS solved, a new CBA is right around the corner.....feh

Don't belittle it Spiny. This was a BIG issue. Next is......... oh, I don't know.......new towels in the locker room, 2 ply toilet paper, larger coffee cups..................it just gets harder and harder.

November 21, 2012  02:52 PM ET
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..................it just gets harder and harder.

dipping into your Viagra stash this Thanksgiving Holiday are you?

November 21, 2012  02:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Don't belittle it Spiny. This was a BIG issue. Next is......... oh, I don't know.......new towels in the locker room, 2 ply toilet paper, larger coffee cups..................it just gets harder and harder.

Thats what she said Slappy !

November 21, 2012  04:39 PM ET
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Thats what she said Slappy !

Aaaaah..................you and NYR really do need this lock-out to end! :-)

November 21, 2012  06:11 PM ET
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Why open early if the deal cant be finalized?

It is my understanding that currently a players agent can't have contact with other teams until July 1, it sounds like this allows them a couple weeks to look around and come up with a deal before a "signing" I could be wrong.

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November 22, 2012  02:43 PM ET

Why don't they create a team in Singapore so Bettman can be lashed legally

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