As predicted the NHL has backtracked on its eligibility criteria for playing in the AHL during an NHL lockout. Irate GM's concerned about the development of their young players complained to the NHL. This rule would have only allowed players who were in the AHL for 50 games to play there for 2004-05.
Bill Daly has already said they are reconsidering, expect the league to revert to its current rules.
Didn't say but I can't imagine the NHLPA would really have any objection because it allows the players to develop. It just said it should be announced shortly. No time frame.
Could mean we see Hemsky as a Roadrunner or has he committed overseas?
This came up in conversation with Scott Howson after the Press Conference yesterday. The NHLPA wouldn't accept the 50 game scenario this time around. According to Howson, there are two "Oilers" who could go back down without clearing waivers... Ales Hemsky and Jarret Stoll. Everyone would have to clear waivers... but ANYONE is elibible to play in the AHL this year. So, to use Howson's example, they could send Jason Smith there but he would have to clear waivers first... not gonna happen.
Hemsky, again according to Howson, is committed to Europe already and "we have not made a decision yet on Stoll".