Will he be an RFA or UFA at the end of this new contract?
Good question, I've been wondering the same thing... anyone know if hes a UFA or RFA at the end of his contract?
Well, it's hard to say for sure because we don't know if the RFA age will change in the new CBA, but since the suggestion is it'd be higher versus lower he'll most likely be an RFA.
Going by the current rules for RFA/UFA status, he'd still be an RFA. The basic ruling is a player 27 years or older, or a player of any age who has 7 years of NHL experience is eligible to become a UFA once their contract expires. If they are younger than 27, and have less than 7 years NHL experience, then they'd typically still be an RFA.
We saw some exceptions to this, with Ben Bishop and Marc Andre Gragnani having to play extra games last year to stay as RFAs under the group 6 free agent rules. Group 6 free agents are 25 or older, have played in 3 NHL seasons and have played in less than 80 NHL games (for forwards/defencemen) or 28 games (for goalies).
I don't think Lack's callup at the start of the 2011/2012 season would affect this as he never dressed for any regular season/post season games, only pre season - and if he doesn't dress for the Canucks at all this year it's a moot point anyways. He'd likely only have 2 years at most of NHL experience after this new contract thought so he'd be an RFA unless the new CBA changes those rules.