CBA legalese and its impact on 2015-16 Carolina Hurricanes roster

CBA legalese and its impact on 2015-16 Carolina Hurricanes roster

Yesterday, I wrote up all the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement alphabet soup and legalese regarding young player contracts.  For your reading (or napping) pleasure, I addressed 1-way vs. 2-way contracts, waiver requirements and exemptions and draft rights and NHL availability for US college, Canadian junior and European players. You can find that blog here. I also posted a chart that details contract, waivers, etc. specifics for each player in the Canes system which you can find on the Canes and Coffee Facebook page. (I would appreciate a page ‘like’ if you visit us on Facebook.) But what does it all mean for building the 2015-16 Carolina Hurricanes opening day roster? Goalie: Short answer – not much.  Cam Ward and Eddie Lack are pretty much logged in.  I guess the one scenario that could come into to play is the call up of Drew MacIntyre if one of the two regulars gets injured.  The Canes can get MacIntyre up to the NHL easily enough, but because of age/experience, he would need to clear waivers to then go back to Charlotte.  It is not a huge risk, but if another team had injury issues in net and no option of their own for a fill in, there is a slight chance that MacIntyre could be claimed/borrowed as an NHL fill in. Forward: The Canes currently have 9 forwards on 1-way contracts plus 2 more (Rask, Lindholm) who are on 2-way contracts but very unlikely to see the AHL.  The list includes all of the obvious NHLers, but it also includes a couple players in Chris Terry and Riley Nash who just received...
Sorting out NHL contract/rule legalese (Part 1)

Sorting out NHL contract/rule legalese (Part 1)

The legalese of the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement and the myriad of different contract types and scenarios seemingly makes it crazy hard to figure out who can play where and how. There are 1-way contracts and 2-way contracts. There are players who are waiver exempt and players who must clear waivers. There are different rules for Canadian junior players, US college players and European professional players. And so on… In this blog I will take a shot at sorting out the alphabet soup for how this all works and what it means for building the 2015-16 Carolina Hurricanes opening day roster. The terminology and basic contract and player movement rules: 1-way versus 2-way contracts: This simply refers to whether a player has different pay scales for the AHL and NHL levels. For example, a player might have a 2-way contract that pays him $600,000 at the NHL level but only $90,000 at the AHL level. Or alternatively, a player might have a 1-way contract in which case, he earns the same $600,000 whether he is at the NHL level or the AHL level. This term has NOTHING to do with whether a player can be sent to the AHL. It just means that for a player on a 1-way contract, he basically gets his full NHL salary regardless of where he plays. 1-way versus 2-way contracts (and waiver status below) can impact the last few roster decisions. All things being equal, an NHL team is better off sending a player on a 2-way contract to the AHL instead of a player on a 1-way contract because they save on...