The new free agency
From an email conversation I had earlier today with an old friend:
James: Why wouldn't every team simply try to trade for other UFAs before they hit the open market?Yes, it would. Which makes you wonder: Did the Flyers somehow get advance knowledge that Kimmo Timonen and Scott Hartnell would be amenable to signing in Philadelphia, and if so, in what way does that breach the negotiating rules?
Pete: Well, I guess the short answer for "why doesn't everybody do this" is "because technically, you could trade for a pending UFA and not be able to sign him." That would suck.
In other words, would Monday's deal have gone through had there been a chance either player would have balked at signing one of those gaudy, six-year deals? And, more importantly, are more of these deals on the way?
Labels: free agency