Debunking the myth that the Canadiens had rights to any players in Quebec
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10-22-2013, 12:18 AM
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At one point teams had what was called a "negotiation list". It was a handy tool to tie up the rights of a player even if they had no interest in aligning themselves with the club in question.
Placing a player's name on your negotiation list, gave you exclusive rights to him. Usually the way it went was someone was placed on the list and the league office was informed. Then the team tried generally tried to sign him as quickly as possible because there was a limit (4?) to the number of men you could have on your list.
Often used on "can't miss " prospects to avoid a bidding war between multiple teams. There may have been a limit to the length of time one could spend on the list. No sure/do not remember.
Exactly but here is more detailed account from
The death of hockey
which shows how far it reached and I'm paraphrasing what happened after the 47 and 58 NHL-CAHA in which teams could control,
"sponsor" not more than 3 officially affiliated teams of midget category or higher and a total of not more than 60 players. The CAHA enabled the professional clubs to control hundreds of players by defining a "club" as consisting of a senior, intermediate, junior "A", junior "B" or juvenile, midget, and bantam teams and all of the "house
league" players affiliated with those teams. Thus if an NHL team controlled the town's junior "A" team it controlled every registered player in town. The CAHA even provided the form by which the amateur player signed away his future.
There were also 7 other types of lists to control any loophole players.
Maybe Montreal didn't control every player in Quebec but it sure was close to absolute.
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