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    Default NHL makes significant revision to free-agent interview period rule

    The NHL has implemented a significant change from last year regarding the free-agent interview period that begins next Wednesday. Link

    ...So in other words, teams and agents can now discuss the general parameters of a deal, as in, ďIíll be looking for a seven-year deal at around $5 million annually,Ē etc., meaning now players and agents at least know where each other is at heading into July 1 and know whoís in the game and who isnít.

    Last year, there seemed to be confusion where nobody had any idea of what could and couldnít be discussed during the interview period. Some teams/agents apparently followed the rules, some teams didnít, which created a conundrum that ticked off the teams that did follow the rules.

    Itíll be interesting to see if this revision leads to some quick deals as free agency opens July 1.

    This revision could also be potentially significant for a team like the Wild. Minnesota would love to find a way to add a scoring forward and a defenseman this summer. It probably canít achieve both though IF both players it targets want long-term, lucrative contracts.
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    Default Re: NHL makes significant revision to free-agent interview period rule

    Had a couple, sorry... So this interview process starts before the draft? Cause that would be nice

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    Default Re: NHL makes significant revision to free-agent interview period rule

    I assume he means Wed. June 25th???

    The NHL has implemented a significant change from last year regarding the free-agent interview period that begins next Wednesday.

    In a memo sent yesterday to all teams and subsequently forwarded by the NHL Players’ Association to all agents, the league will now allow clubs and agents to discuss general parameters of a potential contract for a pending restricted and unrestricted free agent.

    Last year if you remember, Commissioner Gary Bettman sent a last-second memo reminding clubs that they could not discuss contract parameters at all during the interview period prior to free agency, which begins this year on July 1.

    In the June 18 memo (read over the phone to me by an agent), the league states, “After discussions with a number of general managers, we have revised and hopefully clarified with regard to last summer the permissible parameters of player contract and communication during the applicable interview periods.

    “Please be advised that clubs are permitted to discuss the potential interest in as well as general parameters of a potential future contractual relationship with another club’s pending RFA or UFA during the applicable interview periods. The clubs may not enter any agreements or make any binding offers, promises, … oral or written concerning the terms of a potential SPC (standard players contract) with another club’s pending RFA or UFA.”
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