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My top remaining questions about the new CBA

As details slowly start to trickle out, and we await the ratification and publishing of the new NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), there will surely be speculation. Some questions you can make safe assumptions about, while others just won’t be known until it is released. With that said, here are my top outstanding questions regarding the new CBA: Is the Wade Redden Rule official? In an earlier proposal, the NHL included what became known as the Wade Redden rule. It prevents NHL teams from burying bad contracts in the minors. If the rule is official, that means the Flyers will …

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CBA 101: Could the lockout result in additional 35+ contracts?

Last week I opened up CBA 101 to mailbag questions as I had more or less covered the critical topics with respect to the, now expired, Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). Flyers Faithful’s own Marcello submitted a question. Let’s say a player signs a contract extension set to kick in during the ’13 season, when he turns 34. If there is no season and the contract does not start until he’s 35, is it now considered a 35+ contract? This is a very interesting question, and to be honest, I didn’t definitively know the answer. So I took some time to …