Free-agent ground changing for NHL veterans
It's not a fear of commitment.
It's an acknowledgment that it can be mutually undesirable in the "new" NHL.
That was one of the side issues raised when Joe Sakic signed a one-year deal with the Colorado Avalanche last week, long before the Saturday opening of the free-agency period.
At 36, he was sticking around for an 18th season with the Quebec/Colorado franchise, giving him an opportunity to be one of the rare players to spend his entire career with a single team.
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