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Asked Jun 30, 2018 by Twitter
New York Islanders logo Expiration of Tavares' ability to sign an 8 Year Deal

If Free Agent's cannot sign with new teams until 12pm on July 1, why did Tavares lose the ability to sign an 8 year Extension with the Islanders at midnight on June 30?

Jun 30, 2018

This question was asked by many people on twitter.

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Asked Jun 30, 2018 by Bruce
Montreal Canadiens logo Mason Buy Out

How is Steve Mason's buyout amortized? One year left of $4.1M, how much is paid this year and subsequently, for how long?

Jun 30, 2018

Mason's buyout is amortized for 2 years (twice the remaining 1 year left), and it's $1,366,667 in 2018-19 and 2019-2020.

Check out the article on Buy-Out's 

Don't forget to use our Buy-Out Calculator which you can do from any Player's Page or from the Buy-Out Calculator Page 

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Asked Jun 29, 2018 by Dan W.
NHL Length of Contracts

It is understood that a team can sign their own player for a max of 8 years, and an outside team can sign a player for 7 years during Free Agency. It is also understood that team can re-sign during a player's last year in a contract to an extension. What is stopping teams from signing a player for a 1 year contract on July 1st, and turning around July 2nd and offering them an 8 year extension, effectively making their contract a 9 year contract?

Jun 29, 2018

Hi Dan,

Players that sign a 1 year contract are only eligible to sign an extension starting on January 1. Furthermore, in order to sign a player for the maximum 8 years, the player had to be on the team's roster at the last Trade Deadline.  So in your example, if a player signed a 1 year Contract with a new team, they could sign a 7 year Extension on January 1, or wait until the next Trade Deadline and then sign an 8 Year extension. 

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