Not 100% confirmed, but there are reports from Europe this new CBA gives teams 4 years to sign their European draft picks.
Will be interesting to see if they grandfather this or not, if it's true. That would be great for us, since they could leave Nygren in the SEL and not have to use up one of the 50 contract spots.
Originally Posted by Protest the Hero
Any word on the loophole considering college players?
I haven't heard anything on it. If not it's not closed, then we have to worry about Mac Bennett this summer, but there are 2 really interesting forwards that could opt out if they want. Anders Lee (NYI) and Eric Haula (Wild), Lee is a PF that I so badly wanted the Habs to draft, big and plays a power game with good hands. NYI have lost a few NCAA draft picks to this loop hole but I don't expect they will let Lee go so unless he thinks he's better off with another organization he likely won't be a FA but if so it would a very nice pickup imo.
Haula is from Finland but he's been a standout player at Minnesota that leads them in scoring again after a huge year last season. The Wild are loaded with prospects so if he thinks he'll be better off elsewhere perhaps he will opt out.
Alexander Khokhlachev is officially headed back to Windsor. He's the player that centred Kerby Rychel last year when he had 41 goals. Windsor also picked up Alex Aleardi today (29 points in 39 games this year).
This means Windsor is going all in this year, which is good news for Brady Vail. Those two acquisitions increased Windsor's fire power substantially and should take some pressure of him. Hopefully this means Ho-Sang or Aleardi will play on the right wing of Vail and Johnson, should really allow Vail to start picking up the points again.
Also, the Spits GM is Kerby Rychel's father, I'm sure he wants to see his son get drafted as high as possible, so I can't see him trading the centre that he put up big numbers with. But you never know, so we'll see what happens.