NHL vs NHLPA: European drafted players "defected status" w/o transfer agreement
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04-08-2009, 04:32 PM
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So would this mean the Omark would remain Oilers property? But if the NHLPA wins their grievance then his status would change? It is pretty confusing but would love to have it clarified somehow.
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Right now he's Oiler's property classified as a Defected player.
The NHLPA lost their formal grievance with the NHL back in November to stop the NHL from reinstating the Defected status rules--the independent arbitrator both sides agreed to ruled in the NHL's favor.
Afterward the NHLPA filed a separate complaint with the NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) claiming unfair labor practices. Based on past history it's doubtful anything will come of this, but never say never. If something did happen it's hard to predict exactly what the consequences would be.
On a related note, there's also the potential that a new IIHF/NHL transfer agreement could be negotiated. If so there would be some transition rules for how long teams had to get Defected players signed before losing their rights.
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