doing this on the fly...
...no gm in their right mind is going to set the precedent and go after an RFA the caliber of a player such as thomas vanek. bob clarke did this last year to test the waters with a team and gm he has rarely dealt with. i think from that reaction we saw and the spotted history of 'rfa robbing' that it is most definitely not going to continue on in some prolific manner.
say it does go down, we offer vanek an offer. what happens 2 years from now and some team wants downie or richards. no team is going to hesitate to snag them up. its roullete and something i doubt that gms see as a benefit to long term planning. discretionary plans for future cap numbers would soon become a regular dicey thing. its hard enough drafting and grooming players for the nhl, let alone for someone else to enjoy those rewards at your expense in say 3 or 4 years into a players career.
the gms stood together during the lockout, and they were able to keep a solid front and take advantage of a disorganized players association. are the gm's willing to disrupt that with guerilla like tactics involving their young players? cant say i can ever see that happening.