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Should Teams Be Compensated For Personnel Loss?

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

It has been six years since the NHL abolished the practice of compensation for teams allowing personnel to accept promotions on other teams.

For years, this was the standard practice. For example, when Dean Lombardi left the Philadelphia Flyers as a scout in April 2006 to accept the GM job in Los Angeles, the Flyers received a second-round pick from the Kings.

A month later, Peter Chiarelli left the Ottawa Senators organization for the Boston Bruins GM job. The ensuing feud between the teams over compensation led to commissioner Gary Bettman saying enough is enough. He stopped the practice of team compensation over lost front-office personnel.

As of 2006-07, teams could either release a coach or scout or management-type for a job in another organization or choose not to. But there would be no compensation.

Now there’s a growing feeling among some GMs that it’s time to bring back some form of compensation because it’s not fair to lose an organizational asset and get nothing in return.

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No. It’s asinine. If you want to retain an employee compensate them better or match the offer given. Otherwise like any other industry, employee’s should have the ability to move on to new opportunities.

This is all dependent on the language and stipulations placed in contracts of course. If you sign a no movement clause or have a buyout penalty then the employee should have to abide by the terms of the contract they knowingly signed, assumed that it was in good faith.

Posted by Moocat on 03/07/12 at 01:52 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Yes, give us a 1st rounder for Steve Yzerman

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 03/07/12 at 02:07 PM ET

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Absolutely not.

Posted by Chris from Ottawa on 03/07/12 at 02:28 PM ET

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There’s no salary cap on office staff.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 03/07/12 at 02:39 PM ET

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Is there something in the league bylaws that prevents teams from signing contracts with their front-office personnel which have “no-compete” clauses?

It’s pretty amazing how far clubs will go to complain about free agency.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/07/12 at 02:55 PM ET

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Team Canada also owes us a first rounder, or two.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 03/07/12 at 03:02 PM ET

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Is there something in the league bylaws that prevents teams from signing contracts with their front-office personnel which have “no-compete” clauses?

Not sure if it’s the same thing, but Brian Burke has said Dave Nonis’ contract stipulates he cannot talk to teams about GM positions, and he has prevented inquiring clubs from doing so.

Posted by Chris from Ottawa on 03/07/12 at 03:51 PM ET

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Posted by Chris from Ottawa on 03/07/12 at 12:51 PM ET

Thanks Chris.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/07/12 at 04:58 PM ET

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Now there’s a growing feeling among some GMs that it’s time to bring back some form of compensation because it’s not fair to lose an organizational asset and get nothing in return.

Welcome to the real world where this happens all the time.

Posted by UMFan from Denver, Colorado on 03/07/12 at 07:32 PM ET

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Poor babies. In the real world when an employee leaves, they just leave. They might have to abide by clauses where they can’t work for a direct competitor for a year or two, or they need to work outside a certain geographical radius of their previous employer, but they just move on to some other opportunity.

For such a tough sport, there are more whiners in hockey than seems reasonable.

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 03/08/12 at 07:01 AM ET

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