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07-30-2004, 09:33 PM
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Holly Gunning
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Originally Posted by cycle_it
so....if a player signs with a club [i.e. any echl team] does that mean they are not inked to an nhl team?
the everblades have a few guys with 3 year deals w/ the hurricanes.
does this mean they have no contract with the echl?
The key here is the difference between the rights to a player, and a contract. An NHL team can still have rights to a player while he signs with an ECHL team, since they hold rights to junior players for two years and college players for a year after they leave school. Such was the case with Spencer. Nashville held his rights all of last year even though they hadn't signed him. They relinguished those rights this summer, so he was a free agent and signed again with the Stingrays. No one owns his NHL rights at this point, so technically he could sign with any NHL team.

You can't have a contract with two levels simultaneously though, no. You only have one contract. If a higher-up team wants you, they negotiate with your current team and rip up the old contract. They can then reassign you back to your old team, but you'll still be paid through the higher up team.

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