20 March 2012
Newsday is reporting that Anders Lee is staying at Notre Dame for next season, contrary to reports which said he was planning to join the team once his season ended.
According to the report, Lee informed GM Garth Snow over the weekend that he intended to stay at Notre Dame for his junior season.
This past season Lee scored 17 goals and had 17 assists over 40 games for the Irish. Notre Dame’s season ended early after they did not receive an at large bid for the NCAA hockey tournament.
There is some concern that could become an unrestricted free agent by exploiting a loophole in the current CBA that says a college hockey player must be signed before the fourth June following his draft year. If they aren’t the player could become an unrestricted free agent and Lee’s fourth June is coming up next summer.
This situation happened last summer to the Islanders last summer when Jason Gregoire, an Islander third round pick in 2007, exploited the loophole and became a free agent. He eventually signed with the Winnipeg Jets.
But there is no indication that Lee will leave the organization and Newsday noted that the loophole will most likely closed during CBA negotiations.
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