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UFAs Still Looking For Work

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

You could start one heck of a rec hockey team these days with the big names sitting at home waiting for the phone to ring.

Brenden Morrow, Simon Gagne, Ilya Bryzgalov, Jose Theodore, Mike Knuble, Carlo Colaiacovo, Wade Redden and the list goes on among the veteran free agents who remain unsigned.

And that’s not even counting those players who had to swallow their pride and accept camp tryouts, the likes of Tim Thomas, Hal Gill, Mason Raymond, Brad Boyes, Ian White et al.

All because of a unique offseason in which the salary cap maximum dropped from $70.2 million last season to $64.3 million this year, squeezing roster space tightly.

When the music stopped in early July, you didn't want to be a free agent still standing without a job.

"It’s a difficult market this summer, to say the least," Morrow told ESPN.com Friday.

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SnLO's avatar

All because of a unique offseason in which the salary cap maximum dropped from $70.2 million last season to $64.3 million this year, squeezing roster space tightly.

I don’t really think this is a result of wage cap reduction, but is more a consequence of lowering the level of eligibility for free agency. Teams become keen on retaining guys they’ve been developing and don’t have the roster space to accommodate everyone. So, in effect, the old give way to the new. Then within that teams have a salary structure strategy that only looks that teams are being squeezed for salary when in fact, there are just not enough roster spots to go around.

Posted by SnLO from the sub great-white north on 09/20/13 at 02:44 PM ET

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