NHL owners have told player-union representatives that they want to extend years of NHL service to reach unrestricted free agency from seven to 10 years, which would put most players in the 30 years of age range and some even more.
"Ten years, for most guys that's a career," Vancouver Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa said. "There are not a whole lot of Sidney Crosbys who come into the league at 18. And for college guys coming in at 23 or 24 years old, you're talking mid-30s. I don't see that flying."