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06-06-2012, 08:52 PM
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Originally Posted by MVW View Post
Interesting, wonder what round he will go in. 2nd-3rd round maybe??

This really needs to be addressed in the upcoming CBA and it shouldn't to hard to address either as these guys aren't even NHL players yet when they get drafted. If they don't sign with the team that drafts them there should a suspension of time (ie. 3 years) where they are not eligible to play in the NHL providing the team was ethical in their contract signing process.

Ultimately, if a drafted player fails to sign with the team that drafted them, after the deadline elapses to sign a player I would turn it over to an arbitrator to make the ruling as to whether or not it qualifies for a suspension.
If I'm not mistaken I think the NBA has pre-set contracts for newly drafted players, perhaps this is the way to go. It eliminates the Erixon's and Schultz's from the fold and protects the teams and it protects the players by guaranteeing them a contract, because lets be honest there is more situations like Leach where the team doesn't offer a deal than there is players who just don't sign.

I think this would have to result in the 50 contract limit being altered as well. IMO they would have to change it up so that a team is allowed 'X' number of ELC's and 'X' number of "veteran" contracts.

Have it set up something like this.

1st rounders
  • 1st overall gets $5.0 million ($1.5 million salary, $3.5 million bonuses)
  • 2-5 overall gets 4.0 (1.0 salary, 3.0 bonuses)
  • 6-10 overall gets 3.0 ($0.9 salary, 2.1 bonuses)
  • 11-20 overall gets 2.0 ($0.9 salary, 1.1 bonuses)
  • 21-30 overall gets 1.5 (0.9 salary, 0.6 bonuses)

2nd rounders
  • 31-45 overall gets 1.2 (0.8 salary, 0.4 bonuses)
  • 46-60 overall gets 1.0 (0.8 salary, 0.2 bonuses)

3rd rounders
  • 61-90 get 0.9 (0.75 salary, 0.15 bonuses)

4th rounders
  • 91-120 get 0.8 (0.7 salary, 0.1 bonuses)

5th rounders
  • 121-150 get 0.7 (0.65 salary, 0.05 bonuses)

6th rounders
  • 151-180 get 0.6 (0.6 salary, no bonuses)

7th rounders
  • 181-210 get 0.55 (0.55 salary, no bonuses)

then when it comes to roster size instead of having a 50 contract limit I would allow each team the following:
  • 35 Rookie Contracts (Including sliding ELCs) - I picked this number for the simple fact each team gets 7 picks a year to start, and each contract can slide for 2 years, meaning an ELC can essentially last 5 years.
  • 30 Veteran Contracts - I picked this number because it allows a team to fill their 23 man roster with veteran contracts if they so choose and have 7 spots available on the farm team for players not on rookie contracts.

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