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Christian Ehrhoff Agrees To A One-Year Deal With The Los Angeles Kings

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Perhaps turning down Holland’s offer….not a great idea.

Posted by brians neck on 08/23/15 at 04:10 PM ET

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Perhaps turning down Holland’s offer….not a great idea.

Yeah, if he had played his cards better he could have been playing with Jonathan Ericsson, Jakub Kindl or Brendan Smith…

Posted by Garth on 08/23/15 at 09:01 PM ET

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I don’t think Holland would sign him after last year if he was free…

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 08/23/15 at 09:55 PM ET

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1.5M is not a big deal until the arbitrator forces the contract of Mike Richards 5M+ aav cap hit back on the team…and the Voynov is forced off the team.

Posted by d ca on 08/23/15 at 10:39 PM ET

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1.5M is not a big deal until the arbitrator forces the contract of Mike Richards 5M+ aav cap hit back on the team…and the Voynov is forced off the team.

Posted by d ca on 08/23/15 at 10:39 PM ET

Yeah that is the doomsday scenario haha. Tend to doubt there’s any chance that Richards wins to that degree, though. I think this ends up close to the original buyout but this is the NHL and it’s new ground to boot, so who knows.

Love Voynov’s game and contract but I’d have no problem if he never plays for us again.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 08/23/15 at 11:16 PM ET

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It’s not really a question of if the Kings lose the grievance. The Kings are going to lose. How can you doubt it? It’s spelled out specifically in the CBA.

Drugs = NHL drug treatment program protocols. No buyout allowed. No terminating contract allowed.

Stage 1: Documented drug incident (arrest/detainment/failed drug test) treatment program doctor controlled. Player gets paid. Doctor decides when player can be reinstated.

Stage 2: Player convicted by court (or plea deal). Player doesn’t get paid until reinstated by doctor.

Stage 3: After 2 failed rehab stints player can be suspended without pay for a maximum of 1 year by NHL (not by Kings). Buttman decides when can be reinstated, but will get paid after 1 year of suspension.

And trying to terminate a contact for a morals clause violation when you have a player in jail b/c of domestic violence yet still under contract with the team just about ruins that argument.

They can settle and pay Richards the rest of his contract value (and convert it down to present dollars by assuming a specific rate of inflation when the money is owed), but that should still hit the Kings cap. If not every rich owner in the league just got another loophole on how to avoid cap hits.

Posted by d ca on 08/24/15 at 01:12 AM ET

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Kronwall Franson
Dekeyser Green
Quincey. Ericsson

Posted by topshelf14 from Detroit, MI on 08/24/15 at 11:36 AM ET

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d ca, thanks for the well thought out comments. I have a few random thoughts, though I’m headed out the door so I’m probably not going to compile them in a particularly cohesive manner.

Firstly, do you have a reference for the penalties, as you described? When I looked at the CBA sect 47.7, I saw various penalties for positive tests, but not for the broader described incidents that you mention. If you can pull something else from the CBA (or even SPC), I’d love to see it (and, np, I’m not being sarcastic or anything, I may well have missed it…but at the same time, most documents and agreements are imperfectly drafted). In the absence of clear language, it would no longer be clear that other drug incidents had to be handled in only that manner.

Secondly, this will not be classified as a morals issue. Zero chance. And Voynov’s situation will continue to remain completely irrelevant to this matter in all places other than the blogosphere.

Thirdly, there is potentially the issue of lack of notice regarding the incident from Richards, in view of what information and communications may have transpired between Richards and Lombardi prior to the incident. Arguments could be made that such an omission was material under the circumstances. Whether that’s the case or not would depend on various facts that are unknown to us at this time.

Fourthly, as Quisp has discussed in a post on his blog (mcsorleys-stick.com), strict interpration of the language of para 14, section b of the SPC (”fail, refuse or neglect to render his services hereunder or in any other manner materially breach this SPC”), shows that material breach is wide, wide open to interpretation. This stands in contrast - but not in conflict with - para 14, sect A, which ALSO includes, amongst other small differences, the critical word “if” (”...if such failure, refusal or neglect should constitute a material breach of this SPC.”) That “if” may have been accidentally omitted from B, who knows, but that’s the way the CBA is written. So yes, this is a lawyerly analysis, but that’s what happens in contract situations each and every day. Language is closely parsed for ambiguities, contradictions, gaps that would enable one party to act in a manner that might not otherwise be permissible without monetary or equitable remedies being available to the second party.

So again, I’m not saying that the Kings will win, but I’m definitely not seeing how this is a 100% slam dunk, “what in God’s name the were the Kings thinking?!” type of arbitration loss. It’s worth keeping in mind the fact Lombardi is an attorney and Jeffrey Solomon is the team’s in-house counsel. Further, AEG is the ownership group. So this didn’t take place in some legal vacuum. And fwiw, the termination was approved by the league (as Mickey Mouse as they can be, I’m sure that there was at least a modicum of analysis performed before the move was okayed). At the end of the day, I think the Kings know that they aren’t going to “win,” but they feel there’s a chance that they’ll do at least as well as they would have with a buyout, and possibly slightly better.

Interesting times.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 08/24/15 at 11:50 AM ET

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