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PostSubject: Free Agency   Fri Jul 16, 2010 5:37 pm

Note: You can only have winning offers on three Free Agents at any given time. It is the responsibility of the GM to confirm with the Commissioner which three Free Agents they would prefer, otherwise it will be assumed the first three that received offers from the GM.

Free Agency happens between seasons. It is the time of year when teams can bid on players that are not under contract with any other SLHL team. There are two types of Free Agents; UFAs and RFAs.

RFAs are subject to compensation (please see the Rules for RFA Compensation for further details). Max Signing Bonus for RFAs is 300% of the cap hit in free agency. The process for RFAs is as follows:

1. RFA receives an offer from a team.
2. RFA decides if offer is worth accepting (if not, the process ends. If yes, continue to #3.)
3. RFA accepts offer sheet.
4. Team owning RFA's rights has 72hrs (three days) to match.
5. If team matches offer, RFA stays with original team at contract offered. (Contract Structure will remain intact)
6. If team declines to match the offer, or team doesn't have necessary funds/cap space, RFA is signed to offering team.
7. Offering team then sends RFA's former team the appropriate compensation.

UFAs require no compensation. Because of this, many times the bidding for these players can get rather intense. Some points to remember...
  • Max signing bonus for UFAs in free agency is 200% of the cap hit.
  • UFAs will not necessarily go to the highest bidder. Some players will gravitate towards a team with direction, or a team in contention...perhaps even a former team they had good stats with in the past. It's also possible that these players may go where the ice time is, rather than sit on a contender's third line. When looking to sign a UFA, it's important to include any information that you feel would benefit the player.
  • If it comes down to money, the player will always take the most TOTAL money in as few years as possible. Meaning, if a player is guaranteed $20M over four years from one team, and $20M over two years from another, he'll choose to make that money in two years rather than four.
  • Whenever a UFA receives an offer, they have 48hrs to think about it. During this time, another team can make a bid, thereby resetting the clock. Note: Some players may announce they will sign after 48hrs of the first bid...whichever bid is the most beneficial at that time will be the one they take. In other words, they will waive the clock reset. Why? Because the offer they received was well above their own expectations.


The process for offering on UFAs is as follows:

1. Email the appropriate Player Agent with your offer. Be sure to include the benefits of signing with your team.
--If you are offering on an RFA, ensure you have the appropriate compensation.
--Always make sure you have the roster space available, and that the signing will not put you over the cap.
--Always make sure you have enough money in your finances to cover the signing bonus, if applicable.
2. Ensure your offer is in the appropriate salary structure and meets the requirements.
3. If you are outbid, you may send the Player Agent another offer, or simply do nothing and let the player go.


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PostSubject: Re: Free Agency   Thu Aug 19, 2010 9:43 pm

Season Five Amendment:

Starting in the offseason between Seasons four and five, GMs will be able to send in their offers through the GM Client. The same one that you do your lines with. Note that by then this may have been changed to the agents doing this part, just to keep things simple.

In fact, for those wishing to try it out, feel free to use it starting immediately. Here's how it works:

Open the GM Client. Load the latest league file. Highlight your team (don't double click to open it, just make sure your team is highlighted). Go up to the menu and select Team > Free Agents. Locate the Free Agent you wish to bid on, and enter the information required (self explanatory). Save by clicking the save button at the bottom of that box (you have to save each player you offer on as you go). The file will be saved in the same folder where the GM Client .exe file is located. It will be saved as 'team.shf', where 'team' is the name of your team. So, if you're having trouble finding it, search your hard drive for *.shf and you should find it okay.

Then just upload the file just as you would your lines. However, if you plan on doing this, please just let me know you've uploaded the file so that I make the effort to retrieve it.
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