Thread: Confirmed with Link: Rangers agree to terms with Dylan McIlrath
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03-16-2011, 05:46 PM
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Originally Posted by azrok22 View Post
The downside is that if McIlrath suffers a career ending injury (or even death ala Cherepanov), the Rangers would no longer be compensated with the #40 pick in a subsequent draft.

We have Ethan Werek as a prospect only because Cherepanov passed away and we were compensated with the #47 pick. Granted, we'd all rather have Cherepanov, and you don't want anyone to suffer a career ending injury, let alone pass away, but signing McIlrath now makes little sense to me, because you lose that "get out of jail free-er card."

The only way it does make sense is if you're signing him at a cheaper rate now and believe that his value will be going up and that it would be more expensive to sign him later.

EDIT: To clarify, the rule is that if you are unable to sign your first round draft pick (for whatever reason), you are compensated with a pick 30 spots later in a subsequent draft. See Cherepanov. If you are able to sign your first round draft pick but they are unable to ever play for your team, you are not compensated. See Luc Bourdon - who died in a motorcycle accident after signing with the Canucks.
Did you have a problem when the Rangers signed Del Zotto to his ELC in May 2009?

Bourdon played one year of pro hockey before he died.

The NHL GM's and the NHLPA agreed on a one time exception to allow the Rangers to receive the #47 pick in 2009.

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