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National Hockey League Collective Bargaining Agreement -1993-2004
Article 10 Free Agency


10.1.    Unrestricted Free Agents.

     (a) Group III Players and Free Agents.

                  (i)     For (A) the 1994/95, 1995/96 and
1996/97 League Years, any player who is 32 years of age or older
as of June 30 of the end of the 1994/95, 1995/96, and 1996/97
League Year, as the case may be, and (B) the 1997/98, 1998/99     
and 1999/2000 League Years, any player who is 31 years of age or
older as of June 30 of the end of the 1997/98, 1998/99, 1999/2000
League Year, as the case may be, and in either case has four (4)
Accrued Seasons or more on June 30 of the end of the applicable
League Year, shall, if his Player Contract has expired, become an
Unrestricted Free Agent.  Such player shall be completely free to
negotiate and sign a Player Contract with any Club, and any Club
shall be completely free to negotiate and sign a Player Contract
with such player, without penalty or restriction, or being
subject to any Right of First Refusal, Draft Choice Compensation
or any other compensation or equalization obligation of any kind.

                 (ii)     An Unrestricted Free Agent shall not be
subject to any limitations on the period of time before which he
may qualify as an Unrestricted Free Agent again, or to any
limitations on the number of times he may become an Unrestricted
Free Agent, except for a Group V Player, who may only elect to    
become a Group V Player once, but who may qualify to be another
type of Unrestricted Free Agent in accordance with the terms of
this Agreement.

     (b) Group V Free Agents.

         Any Group V Player shall be entitled at the expiration
of his Player Contract to elect to become an Unrestricted Free
Agent by notifying the League and his Prior Club of such election
on or before July 15 (or such other date as may be agreed in an
applicable critical date calendar agreed to by the League and the
NHLPA) of the League Year in which such player qualifies to
become a free agent pursuant to this subsection.  Upon making
such election, such player shall be completely free to negotiate
and sign a Player Contract with any Club, and any Club shall be
completely free to negotiate and sign a Player Contract with such
player without penalty or restriction, or being subject to any
Right of First Refusal, Draft Choice Compensation or any other
compensation or equalization obligation of any kind.

     (c) Group VI Free Agents.

         Any Group VI Player shall, at the expiration of his
Player Contract, become an Unrestricted Free Agent and shall be
completely free to negotiate and sign a Player Contract with any
Club, and any Club shall be completely free to negotiate and sign
a Player Contract with such Player without penalty or
restriction, or being subject to any Right of First Refusal,
Draft Choice Compensation or any other compensation or
equalization obligation of any kind.

     (d) Draft Related Unrestricted Free Agents.

                  (i)     Any Player not eligible for claim in
any future Entry Draft pursuant to this Agreement and not on a
Club's Reserve List shall be an unrestricted free agent. 
Further, any player eligible for claim in the Entry Draft but who
was unclaimed shall be an unrestricted free agent subject to the
provisions of Section 8.9(b).

                 (ii)     Each player referred to in subsection
(d)(i) above shall, during the period of his free agency in
accordance with Section 8.9(b), if applicable, be completely
free to negotiate and sign a Player Contract with any Club and
any Club shall be completely free to negotiate and sign a Player
Contract with such player without penalty or restriction subject
to the provisions of Article 9, if applicable, and without being
subject to any Right of First Refusal, Draft Choice Compensation
or any other compensation or equalization obligation of any kind.

10.2.    Restricted Free Agents.

     (a) Group II Players and Free Agents.

                  (i)     (A)  Any player who meets the
qualifications set forth in the following chart                   
            and (1) is not a Group I Player or a Group IV Player,
and (2) is not an Unrestricted Free Agent, shall be deemed to be
a "Group II Player" and shall, at the expiration of his Player
Contract, become a Restricted Free Agent.  Any such player shall
be completely free to negotiate and sign a Player Contract with
any Club, and any Club shall be completely free to negotiate and
sign a Player Contract with any such player, subject to the
provisions set forth in this Section.  As used in this Section
10.2,"Age," including "First Contract Signing Age" means a
player's age on September 15 of the calendar year in which he
signs a Player Contract regardless of his actual age on the date
he signs such Player Contract.


First Contract Signing Age         Eligible for Group II Free
                                   Agency

     18 -  21                     3 years professional experience
     22 -  23                     2 years professional experience
     24 or older                  1 year professional experience 


                               For the purposes of this Section
10.2(a), a player aged 18 or 19 earns a year of professional
experience by playing ten or more NHL games (regular season
and/or playoffs) in a given season, and a player aged 20 or older
(or who turns 20 between September 16 and December 31 of the year
in which he signs his first Player Contract) earns a year of 
professional experience by playing ten or more professional games 
under NHL contract in a given season. 
    (B)  Notwithstanding the foregoing, if a Group II Player
requests salary  arbitration pursuant to Article 12, such player
will not be eligible to  negotiate with any Club other than his
Prior Club or sign an Offer Sheet  pursuant to this Article 10
except as provided in Section 12.6.

                 (ii)     In order to receive a Right of First
Refusal or Draft Choice Compensation (at the Prior Club's option)
with respect to a Restricted Free Agent, the Prior Club of a
Restricted Free Agent must tender to the player, no later than
June 30 of the final year of a player's Player Contract, a Player
Contract for one League Year which is subject to salary
arbitration (if such player is otherwise eligible for salary
arbitration in accordance with Section 12.1) (a "Qualifying
Offer") on at least the following terms and conditions: 

                          (A)  if the player's Prior Year's
Salary is equal to or less than the Average League Salary for
that League Year, 110% of the major league portion of his Prior
Year's Salary, provided, however, that the Prior Club shall
have no Right of First Refusal for a player who is age 26 or
older on the immediately following September 15 unless the Prior
Club's Qualifying Offer provided for a Paragraph 1 Salary of at
least $400,000, which $400,000 shall be increased on an annual
basis at the same percentage rate of increase as the Average
League Salary, with the 1997/98 League Year being the first year
such increase shall take effect.  By way of example, if the
Average League Salary on June 30,1998 has increased by 10% from
the Average League Salary on June 30, 1997, then the figure of
$400,000 stated above shall be increased by 10% so as to equal
$440,000 on June 30, 1998, and the Qualifying Offer made on such
date in respect of such aforesaid player must be at least
$440,000 for the Prior Club to maintain its Right of First
Refusal with respect to such player.  For each League Year
thereafter, a similar comparison and adjustment shall be made.

                          (B)  if the player's Prior Year's
Salary is greater than the Average League Salary for that League
Year, 100% of the major league portion of his Prior Year's
Salary, provided, however, that the Prior Club shall have no
Right of First Refusal for a player who is age 26 or older on the 
immediately following September 15 unless the Prior Club's
Qualifying Offer provided for a Paragraph 1 Salary of at least
$400,000, which $400,000 shall be increased on an annual basis at
the same percentage rate of increase as the Average League
Salary, with the 1997/98 League Year being the first year such
increase shall take effect (see example in Section
10.2(b)(ii)(A)). Qualifying Offers will be made in accordance
with sub-paragraphs (A) and (B) and the following examples
illustrate how the foregoing provisions shall be interpreted.

             (1) A player whose prior year's Paragraph 1 Salary
is $500,000 Cdn., is less than ALS and was paid entirely in $
Cdn., must receive a Qualifying Offer of $550,000 Cdn.

             (2) A player whose prior year's Paragraph 1 Salary
is $500,000 U.S., is less than ALS and was paid entirely in $
U.S., must receive a Qualifying Offer of $550,000 U.S.

             (3) (i) A player whose prior year's Paragraph 1
Salary is $500,000 Cdn., is less than ALS, and was assigned to a
U.S. Club prior to  January 13, 1995 and paid $500,000 U.S. based
on the prior currency rules affecting assigned players, must
receive a Qualifying Offer of $550,000 U.S.
                  (ii)     A player whose prior year's Paragraph
1 Salary is $500,000 U.S., is less than ALS, and was assigned to
a Canadian Club prior to January 13, 1995 and requested to
continue to be paid $500,000 U.S. based on the prior currency
rules affecting assigned players, must receive a Qualifying Offer
of $550,000 U.S.

             (4) (i) A player whose prior year's Paragraph 1
Salary is $500,000 U.S., is less than ALS, was assigned to a
Canadian Club, and requested and was paid entirely in $ Cdn. at
an amount equal to the $ Cdn. equivalent of $500,000 U.S.
($700,000 Cdn. approximately), and $700,000 Cdn. is less than
ALS, must receive a Qualifying Offer of $770,000 Cdn.
(approximately).  If $700,000 Cdn. is greater  than ALS, he must
receive a Qualifying Offer of $700,000 Cdn. 
                 (ii)     A player whose prior year's Paragraph 1
Salary is $500,000 U.S., is less than ALS, was assigned to a
Canadian Club, and requested   to continue to be paid $500,000
U.S., must receive a Qualifying Offer of $550,000 U.S. 

             (5) (i) A player whose prior year's Paragraph 1
Salary is $500,000 Cdn., is less than ALS, was assigned to a U.S.
Club after January 13, 1995 and was paid entirely in $ U.S. at an
amount equal to the $ U.S. equivalent of $500,000 Cdn. ($360,000
U.S. approximately) must receive a Qualifying Offer of $396,000
U.S. (approximately) (subject to the rules concerning players 26
or older).

                 (ii)     A player whose prior year's Paragraph 1
Salary is $500,000 U.S., is less than ALS, was assigned to a
Canadian Club after January 13, 1995 and requested to continue to
be paid $500,000 U.S., must receive a Qualifying Offer of
$550,000 U.S.

             (6) A player whose prior year's Paragraph 1 Salary
is $300,000 U.S., is less than ALS, and is age 26 or older and
was paid entirely in $ Cdn., at an amount equal to the $ Cdn.
equivalent of $300,000 U.S. ($420,000  Cdn. approximately), must
receive a Qualifying Offer of $462,000 Cdn. (approximately).

             (7) A player whose prior year's Paragraph 1 Salary
is $300,000 U.S., is less than ALS, and is age 26 or older and
was paid entirely in $ U.S., must receive a Qualifying Offer of
$400,000 U.S. unless the player is   assigned to a Canadian Club,
in which case the Qualifying Offer will be based upon his
Paragraph 1 Salary, after conversion to Cdn. Dollars, and will be
the greater of $400,000 Cdn. or his converted prior year's
Paragraph 1 Salary plus 10%.

             (8) A player whose prior year's Paragraph 1 Salary
is $300,000 Cdn., is less than ALS, and is age 26 or older and
was paid entirely in $ Cdn., must receive a Qualifying Offer of
$400,000 Cdn. unless the player is assigned to a U.S. Club, in
which case the Qualifying Offer will be based upon his Paragraph
1 Salary, after conversion to U.S. Dollars, and will be the
greater of $400,000 U.S. or his converted prior year's Paragraph
1 Salary plus 10%.

             (9) The same rules in (1) to (5) apply to a player
whose prior year's Paragraph 1 Salary is more than ALS but
without the obligation to include a 10% increase.  If a
Qualifying Offer meeting the above requirements is timely made,
the Prior Club shall have a Right of First Refusal, exercisable
in accordance with Section 10.3 below, or Draft Choice
Compensation, exercisable in accordance with Section 10.5 below.

                (iii)     A Club's Qualifying Offer must be a
one-way Player Contract if the applicable  player has (A)
actually played (excluding games missed for illness or injury)
180 or more games in the League in the previous 3 seasons, (B)
played at least 60 games in the League in the previous season,
and (C) not cleared waivers in the previous season.  For purposes
hereof only, a goalkeeper is deemed to have played a game when he
was dressed and on the bench as a backup.  In all other cases, a
Qualifying Offer may be a two-way Player Contract.

                 (iv)     In the event a Prior Club fails to make
a Qualifying Offer as required in Section 10.2(a)(ii), the player
shall immediately become an Unrestricted Free Agent and shall be
completely free to negotiate and sign a Player Contract with any
Club, and any Club shall be completely free to negotiate and sign
a Player Contract with any such player, without penalty or
restriction or being subject to any Right of First Refusal, Draft
Choice Compensation, or any other compensation or equalization
obligation of any kind.  The Club may withdraw the Qualifying
Offer any time after 12:01 a.m. New York time on August 1 and
retain its rights under this Article.           
                 (v)     Promptly upon signing any Restricted
Free Agent to a Player Contract, or extending to any Restricted
Free Agent a Qualifying Offer, the signing or                     
     extending Club shall send five (5) original counterparts of
the contract or the Qualifying Offer to the NHL and a copy to the
NHLPA.

     (b) Group IV Free Agents.

                  (i)     Definition of "defected player."  For
purposes of this Agreement, "defected player" means any player
not unconditionally released,
     (A)  who, having had a Standard Player's
Contract with a Club, the provisions of which, including the
option clauses, have not been completely fulfilled, contracts for
a period including any part of the unfulfilled portion of his
contract, with a club in a league not affiliated with the NHL or
with any such league (both of which are hereinafter referred to
as an "unaffiliated club") or with any other professional         
hockey club to the exclusion of the said Club or its assignee; or

                         (B)  who, never having been under
contract to any Club, but as to who the NHL negotiation rights
now or at any time hereafter shall reside in any Club, has
contracted or shall contract with such an unaffiliated club.

                         (C)  A player who plays out his final or
option season, as the case may be, and enters into a contract for
a period including the following season with an unaffiliated club
or with any other professional hockey club shall not be deemed to
be a "defected player" provided, however, that nothing contained
in this Section shall be construed to affect the rights of said
Club to compensation, if applicable, pursuant to this Article 10  
in the event that said player should subsequently enter into a
contract for his services as a professional hockey player with
another Club of the NHL.

                 (ii)     Free Agent Status

                          (A)  Any such defected player shall be
deemed to have become a free agent within the meaning of this
Agreement, when one of the following conditions (1), (2), (3),
(4) or (5) and condition (6) have occurred.

                               (1)  the player, having become a
defected player pursuant to Section 10.2(b)(i)(A), has become
free of any obligation to such unaffiliated club(s) or such other
professional hockey club(s) during the playing season by reason
of its default or the dissolution of its league and has not,
prior to fourteen days thereafter, entered into a valid contract
for a period which includes the current and/or following season,
for his services as a  professional hockey player with the Club
with which he was last under contract; or 
                              (2)  the player, having become a
defected player pursuant to Section 10.2(b)(i)(A), has become
free of any obligation to such unaffiliated club(s) or such other
professional hockey club(s) during the off-season and has not,
prior to sixty days thereafter, entered into a valid contract for
a period which includes the current and/or following season for
his services as a professional hockey player with the Club with
which he was last under contract; or 
                              (3)  the player, having become a
defected player pursuant to Section 10.2(b)(i)(B) and having
played no more than two full seasons with an unaffiliated
club(s), has become free of any obligation to such unaffiliated
club(s) during the playing season by reason of its default or the
dissolution of its league and has not, prior to fourteen days
thereafter, entered into a valid contract for a period which
includes the current and/or following season for his services as
a professional hockey player with the Club which last had the NHL
rights to negotiate with such player; or 
                              (4)  the player, having become a
defected player pursuant to Section 10.2(b)(i)(B), and having
played no more than two full seasons with an unaffiliated
club(s), has become free of any obligation to such unaffiliated
club(s) during the off-season and has not, prior to thirty days
thereafter, entered into a valid contract for a period which
includes the current and/or following season for his services as
a professional hockey player with the Club which last had the NHL
rights to negotiate with such player; or 
                               (5)  the player, having become a
defected player pursuant to Section 10.2(b)(i)(B) and having
played more than two full seasons with an unaffiliated club(s),
has become free of any obligation to such unaffiliated club(s);
and 
                               (6)  the Commissioner makes a
determination (which shall be made as promptly as is feasible)
that he has reason to believe that the conditions described in
subparagraphs (1), (2), (3), (4) or (5) have occurred, that he
has ascertained the date upon which such player became free of
obligation, and that the player falls within  category (A) or (B)
of Section 10.2(b)(i) above, by placing such a player's name on
the Free Agent List (Defected Players) issued as of such time or
any amendment of such List, which List, except for the date
thereof and except for its application to defected players, as
defined herein, shall otherwise be issued substantially in
accordance with Section 10.4(c).

                          (B)  Upon the occurrence of the
conditions prescribed by subparagraphs (1), (2) and (3) of
Section 10.2(b)(ii)(A), the provisions of this Article 10, as
applicable, shall then apply to any such defected player as if he
had become a free agent at the expiration of his Player Contract,
including, without limitation, the rights and obligations which
would be imposed or conferred by the provisions of Sections 10.3
through 10.5 upon a Club signing such a player and upon a Club
with whom a free agent was last under contract or who owned the
NHL rights to negotiate with such player.

                          (C)  When the Commissioner places such
a player's name on the Free Agent  List it shall bear an
appropriate notation that the player has contracted with a club
in an unaffiliated league or with any other professional          
hockey club and that the placing of such a player's name on the
Free Agent List does not constitute any representation that he
has fulfilled or will fulfill his obligation to the unaffiliated
club or other professional hockey club prior to the commencement
of the next season.

                (iii)     If the Club with which any player
covered by Section 10.2(b)(i) was last under contract or which
owned the NHL rights to negotiate with such player has properly
transferred or assigned or properly transfers or assigns those    
rights to another Club, then all rights and obligations conferred
by this Article 10 upon the Club with which such player was last
under contract (or, as provided by Section 10.2(b)(i)(C) and
Section 10.2(b)(ii), the Club which owned the NHL rights to
negotiate with such player) shall be deemed to have been assumed
and acquired thereby by such other Club.

                 (iv)     Application of League By-Law Section
15.  Anything to the contrary in this Section 10.2(b)
notwithstanding, until all of the conditions specified in         
Section 10.2(b)(ii) have occurred, the Club with which any player
covered by Section 10.2(b)(i) was last under contract, or in the
case of defected players referred to in Section 10.2(b)(i)(C),
the Club which now or hereafter owns,  through an NHL draft or
through a proper transfer or assignment from another Club or
otherwise, the professional rights or the right to negotiate for  
said professional rights, shall be deemed to continue to hold
such professional or negotiating rights and the provisions of
League By-Law Section 15 shall be applicable.

                  (v)     Administration and Interpretation.  The
Club with which the player was last under contract or then
holding his NHL negotiation rights shall have primary
responsibility for acquiring and furnishing information to the    
Commissioner to assist him in determining the status of any such
player but all Clubs obtaining information with respect thereto
shall have the responsibility to furnish such information to the
Commissioner for that purpose as promptly as it becomes available
from time to time.

                 (vi)     Right of First Refusal, No Draft Choice
Compensation.

                          (A)  In order for a Prior Club to
obtain a Right of First Refusal for any Group IV Player who has
signed an Offer Sheet, the Prior Club must offer to such player a
Qualifying Offer on or before June 30 of the year he becomes a
Group IV free agent.  Such Qualifying Offer must be for at least
the NHL Minimum Compensation and if the player meets the          
qualifications for being in the Entry Level System, a Player
Contract for a term corresponding to the player's age as required
under Section 9.1(b) or otherwise a one year Player Contract.  In
all cases that offer must remain open for acceptance until July
31.

                          (B)  Provided such Qualifying Offer has
been made, the Prior Club shall have a Right of First Refusal in
respect of any Offer Sheet received by such player from a New
Club, as per the terms set forth in Section 10.3.

                          (C)  Notwithstanding any provision to
the contrary contained in this Agreement, the Prior Club is not
entitled to Draft Choice Compensation for the loss of a Group IV
Player.


     (c) Players With Fewer Than Three Years of Professional
Experience.

         Any player with fewer than the required years of
professional experience set forth in Section 10.2 shall have no
right to free agency except as provided in this section. Upon
expiration of such a player's Player Contract, the Club to whom
the player was last under contract shall be entitled to make that
player a Qualifying Offer under the terms and conditions set
forth in Section 10.2(a)(ii) above.  A Club which makes this
Qualifying Offer will have the exclusive right to negotiate with
any such player.  In the event no such Qualifying Offer is made,
the player shall immediately become an Unrestricted Free Agent    
 pursuant to Section 10.2(a)(iv) above.

10.3.    Offer Sheet and First Refusal Procedures.

     (a) When a Restricted Free Agent receives an offer to sign a
Player Contract from any Club (the "New Club") other than his
Prior Club, which offer the player desires to accept, he shall
give to the Prior Club a completed certificate substantially in
the form of Exhibit 6 attached hereto (the "Offer Sheet"), signed
by the Restricted Free Agent and the New Club, which shall
contain the "Principal Terms" (as defined below) as well as all
other terms of Compensation of the New Club's offer.  The Prior
Club, within seven (7) days after the date it receives the Offer
Sheet, may exercise or not exercise its Right of First Refusal,
which shall have the legal consequence set forth below.  Once an
Offer Sheet for a Restricted Free Agent has been received by the
Prior Club, the Prior Club may not trade its Right of First
Refusal for such Restricted Free Agent.

     (b) If the Prior Club gives the Restricted Free Agent notice
that it is exercising its Right of First Refusal (a "First
Refusal Exercise Notice"), such notice to be substantially in the
form of Exhibit 7 attached hereto, within the seven (7) day
period, such Restricted Free Agent and the Prior Club shall be
deemed to have entered into a binding agreement, which they shall
promptly formalize in a Player Contract, containing (i) all the
Principal Terms (subject to subsection (e) below); and (ii) such
additional terms as may be agreed upon between the Restricted
Free Agent and the Prior Club.  The Prior Club may not trade that
Restricted Free Agent for a period of one year from the date it
exercises its Right of First Refusal.

     (c) If the Prior Club does not give the Restricted Free
Agent the First Refusal Exercise Notice within the seven (7) day
period, the player and the New Club shall be deemed to have
entered into a binding agreement, which they shall promptly
formalize in a Player Contract, containing all of the terms
contained in the Offer Sheet, and the Restricted Free Agent's
Prior Club shall receive from the New Club the Draft Choice
Compensation, if any, specified in Section 10.5 below.

     (d)          (i)     A Club may have more than one Offer
Sheet signed by a Restricted Free Agent outstanding at any one
time and from time to time, provided that it has the available
draft picks to satisfy its obligations pursuant to Section 10.5   
with respect to all Offer Sheets outstanding at the relevant
time.

                 (ii)     An Offer Sheet, once signed by the
player and the New Club, shall be irrevocable.

     (e) For the purposes of this Article, the Principal Terms of
an Offer Sheet are limited to the term, Paragraph 1 Salary and
Signing Bonus and Reporting Bonus the New Club offers to the
Restricted Free Agent (currently and/or as deferred compensation
in specified installments on specified dates) in consideration
for his services as a hockey player under the Player Contract.

     (f) A Club may not offer any item of property or investments
as part of the Principal Terms contained in an Offer Sheet.  All
Principal Terms contained in an Offer Sheet shall be fixed and
readily determinable amounts of cash, which shall not be subject
to any conditions or contingencies whatsoever, except as to the
date on which payment is to be made.

     (g) Simultaneously with the giving of an Offer Sheet to the
Prior Club, the New Club shall give a copy thereof to the NHL and
the NHLPA.  Simultaneously with the giving of a First Refusal
Exercise Notice to the Restricted Free Agent, the Prior Club
shall give a copy thereof to the NHL and the NHLPA.

     (h) Upon receipt of an Offer Sheet, the Prior Club shall
immediately fax to Central Registry a request to encumber the New
Club's required draft picks and place them in reserve for the
Prior Club.  Upon receipt of either a copy of such Offer Sheet or
the fax from the Prior Club, Central Registry shall immediately
determine whether the New Club's required draft picks are
available and unencumbered.  If such draft picks are available,
the League shall encumber them in reserve for the Prior Club.  If
the required draft picks are not available and unencumbered, the
League shall immediately notify all parties (the Restricted Free
Agent, his agent (if any), the New Club and the Prior Club and
the said Offer Sheet shall be deemed null and void.  Upon receipt
of any First Refusal Exercise Notice, Central Registry shall
immediately release any encumbrance it has placed on the New
Club's draft picks.

     (i) In the event that any Offer Sheet is determined to be
invalid by the Impartial Arbitrator as being in breach of this
Agreement, the Restricted Free Agent shall, for a period of seven
(7) days from the rendering of such decision by the Impartial
Arbitrator, be entitled to the rights of a Restricted Free Agent
hereunder, including the right to obtain an Offer Sheet and to
elect salary arbitration (if otherwise eligible for salary
arbitration in accordance with Section 12.1 and the Player still
had such right to so elect at the time the player executed the
Offer Sheet).

10.4.    Notices, etc.

     (a) Any Offer Sheet, First Refusal Exercise Notice, or other
writing required or permitted to be given under this Article
shall be sent either by personal delivery, or by overnight mail,
or by facsimile (a confirmation copy of a facsimile transmission
shall also be sent by certified or registered mail), addressed as
follows:

                  (i)     To any NHL Club:  addressed to that
Club at the principal address of such Club as then listed on the
records of the NHL or at the Club's principal office, to the
attention of the Club's president or general manager;

                 (ii)     To the NHL:  1251 Avenue of the
Americas, New York, New York 10020 to the attention of the
Commissioner.  Telecopier No.:  (212) 789-2030;

                (iii)     To a Restricted Free Agent:  to his
address listed on the Offer Sheet and, if the Restricted Free
Agent designates a representative on the Offer Sheet and lists
such representatives's address thereon, a copy shall also be sent
to such representative at such address; and

                 (iv)     To the NHLPA:  One Dundas Street West,
Toronto, Canada, M5G 1Z3. Telecopier No.:  (416) 408-3685.

     (b) An Offer Sheet shall be deemed given only when a legible
and complete copy (in all respects) is received by the Prior
Club.  A First Refusal Exercise Notice, a Qualifying Offer and
any other writing required or permitted under this Article shall
also be deemed given only when a legible and complete copy
thereof is received by the party to whom it is addressed.  An
Offer Sheet, a First Refusal Exercise Notice, a Qualifying Offer
and any other writing required or permitted to be given under
this Article shall be deemed to have been legible unless the
recipient thereof provides notice to the sender thereof to the
contrary within one (1) business day of receipt of such document.

     (c) The NHL shall prepare and circulate to all Clubs on or
before July 1 of each year two lists, prepared as of June 30 of
such year, containing, respectively, the name, address, Social
Security number, telephone number, college or junior team,
position, Club, prior years' Compensation, Right of First Refusal
and/or any Draft Choice Compensation of each and every player who
shall or has become (i) an Unrestricted Free Agent; or (ii) a
Restricted Free Agent, respectively ("Free Agent Lists"), and
shall thereafter throughout each League Year promptly issue such
bulletins correcting, amending and updating such list as may be
necessary to add or delete players to ensure the accuracy of the
Free Agent Lists on an ongoing basis.  Information shall not be
selectively withheld for some players but not others.  If one or
more Free Agent Lists are so circulated, copies thereof and all
amendments and updates thereto shall be sent by the NHL
simultaneously to the NHLPA.

10.5.    Draft Choice Compensation for Restricted Free Agents

     Any Club that is entitled to but does not exercise its Right
of First Refusal pursuant to Section 10.3 shall be entitled to
obtain Draft Choice Compensation from the New Club.  The number
and quality of draft choices due to the Prior Club shall be based
on the average annual value of the Compensation contained in the
Principal Terms (as defined in Section 10.3(e) hereof) of the New
Club's Offer Sheet (determined by dividing such Compensation by
the lesser of the number of years of the Offer Sheet or five),
based on the following scale:

NOTE: Updated for 2002-03 Season

OFFER                                                             
     DRAFT CHOICE(S)

$667,433 OR BELOW                                            
     NONE

Over $667,433 - $917,720                           
     THIRD ROUND

Over $917,720 - $1,084,579                           
     SECOND ROUND

Over $1,084,579 - $1,334,867                           
     FIRST ROUND

Over $1,334,867 - $1,668,582                       
     FIRST AND THIRD ROUND

Over $1,668,582 - $2,002,298                   
     FIRST AND SECOND ROUND

Over $2,002,298 - $2,336,015                   
     TWO FIRST ROUNDS

Over $2,336,015 - $2,836,589                   
     TWO FIRST ROUNDS AND ONE SECOND ROUND

Over $2,836,589                                 
     THREE FIRST ROUNDS

EACH ADDITIONAL $1,668,582 
     ADDITIONAL FIRST ROUND, UP TO MAXIMUM OF FIVE FIRST ROUND  
     PICKS


The dollar amounts set forth in the scale outlined above shall be
increased on an annual basis at the same percentage rate of
increase as Average League Salary, with the 1997/98 League Year
being the first year such increase shall take effect.  By way of
example, if the Average League Salary on June 30, 1998 has
increased by 10% from the Average League Salary on June 30, 1997,
then each of the dollar amounts stated in the table above shall
be increased by 10% on June 30, 1998, and the basis for
determining the number and quality of draft choices due to the
Prior Club for the loss of a Restricted Free Agent signed after
such date shall be adjusted accordingly.  For each League Year
thereafter, a similar comparison and adjustment shall be made. 
Clubs owing one draft pick must have it available in the next
draft.  Clubs owing two draft picks in the same round must have
them available in the next three drafts.  Clubs owing three draft
picks must have them available in the next four drafts, and so
forth.  Clubs owing two draft picks in different rounds must have
them available in the next draft.  Clubs must use their own draft
picks (being those awarded directly to the Club by the League for
use by it in the Entry Draft, including any Compensatory Draft
Selection pursuant to Section 8.3).

10.6.    Former Group I, Group II and Group III.

     Former Group I, Group II and Group III free agency as
specified in the former League By-Law 9A as they existed prior to
the date of this Agreement are eliminated, subject to the
Transition Rules set forth in Exhibit 16.

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