According to Pierre LeBrun, the NHL is adopting a NBA free agent rule, where from the end of the draft until June 30th, teams can meet and speak with upcoming free agents. This gives us (and any team interested) a chance to sell any upcoming free agent on coming to Buffalo. No more stakeouts at players' agent offices, but players can come, visit with our management and owner, and be sold on the team and city.
If the money is right (cap reasons), who wouldn't want to play for Pegula? Just a thought, but i feel like this could really help us lure some top notch free agents.
Similar to the NBA, the NHL has instituted a free-agency interview period prior to the actual signing period. UFAs will be able to meet and interview with potential clubs from the day after the NHL draft until June 30, prior to the July 1 opening of free agency.
What’s interesting about this is that I don’t think you’ll have a Zach Parise/Ryan Suter situation where you wait all the way to July 4 to sign with a team. Instead, their decisions will be made by June 30 for the most part, you would have to assume.
Edited by Vanek-Man, 09 January 2013 - 03:32 AM.