from Greg Wyshynski of ESPN,
Does the restricted free-agent system work? Is there a way to make RFA status kinder to the players, while maintaining the advantages for teams?
Or should we scrap the whole thing?
"If you're going to get rid of it, what are you going to replace it with?" asked played agent Lewis Gross.
Make everyone an unrestricted free agent, at all ages. How about that?
"Sure. That's a free-market society. Who wouldn't love that? We'll let the market dictate everybody's salary," said Gross. "I think we'd all be happy with that. Well, everybody but the teams would be, that's for sure."
Gross was one of several NHL player agents we contacted recently to ask how they would reshape restricted free agency if given the chance to rewrite that section of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. (We assume they'd then get NHL owners to agree to these terms through the use of hypnosis or hallucinogens.)