How to improve restricted free agency

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How to improve restricted free agency
How to improve restricted free agency

Greg Wyshynski ESPN The notion of "restricted free agency" ranks right up there with "jumbo shrimp" and "deafening silence" in the oxymoronic hall of fame. None of the NHL players that qualify for it are "free" to do anything but remain shackled to the team that holds their rights. Sure, it could be argued that some of them have the "agency" to decide to haggle over salary or, if they just want to watch the world burn, sign an offer sheet with another team. But "restricted" is the boldface term in the title, casting a shadow over the rest of the descriptor like a granite massif. Does the restricted free-agent system work? Is there a way to make RFA status kinder to the players, while maintaining

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