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09-19-2003, 01:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Gee Wally
It's against the by- protect Junior Hockey..

He either stays here or goes back to his junior team.. thems the rules.
This is right. The way it works is that first, as Neelynugs said, the Bruins would have to sign Bergeron to a two-way rookie contract. Rookie contracts are standard three-year deals. I don't recall what the maximum rookie salary for a player drafted in 2003 is, but I do know that for 2001 is was $1.13 million US per year. That does not include signing and performance bonuses.

Once a contract is in place, Under NHL rules, Bergeron is allowed to play 10 games in the NHL before the big league side of his contract kicks in. At this point, he gets paid for the year regardless of whether he sits, plays in Boston or is sent down to Juniors.

In addition, should he go beyond 10 games, he loses a year of exemption from waiver draft, and he would have to clear waivers to be sent to the minors 1 year sooner than the normal 3 year rule for NHL players.

As a player drafted from Juniors, he cannot play in the AHL until after he is no longer eligible for Junior league status - which happens when he reaches the age of 20. However, the Bruins are allowed to send him to Providence for a two-week conditioning stint.

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