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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?
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?
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?
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.More