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04-11-2012, 02:09 PM
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June 1st. If we don't sign them by then, they re-enter the draft.

That's what happened with Erixon last year. Calgary had to sign him by June 1st or he would have gone back into the draft. They couldn't get a deal done with him, so they traded him to us and we signed him by June 1st.

The rules are basically the same for Swedish players as they are for players drafted out of the CHL. The team holds the player's rights until June 1st of the year following the draft. If the team gives the player a bonafide offer and it is not accepted, then the rights extend for another year. After that, the player will go back into the draft if not signed. The only difference is the restriction on playing in the AHL. Players drafted out of Sweden can play in the AHL before they are 20.

The rules are different for Russian players because there is no transfer agreement between the NHL and Russia. I'm not sure about all the other countries, but I think the rules for them are the same as for Russia. Basically, the team holds the player's rights indefinitely. For example, Pashnin and Kveton. We still hold their rights despite never signing them to a contract.

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