Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 7/28/12

MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 27: General Manager and President Glen Sather of the New York Rangers (C) works at the draft table during the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at the Bell Centre on June 27, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
We’ve repeatedly lauded Rangers GM Glen Sather for his patience this summer, but rumors of new framework for the next CBA could represent just another example of the wisdom of Sather’s willingness to hurry up and wait. One of the pieces of the owners’ first proposal to the players was to extend Entry Level contact lengths from three years to five.  It’s another attempt by teams to control their carefully selected young players on the cheap for as long as possible. The players will surely resist as they attempt to find an acceptable middle ground, but this labor point isn’t likely to be as contentious as some of the others – like five-year contract maximums and the split of revenue – so it could be an area where they are willing to give a little. As we saw in the new NFL collective bargaining agreement, rookie contracts were a tolerable concession point for the players.  The league’s veterans have long agreed that they should earn more of the pie for their longevity. It’s likely tha...
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