Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/07/12 at 12:04 PM ET
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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