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Expansion draft might become a collective bargaining headache

12/12/2015 at 11:49pm EST

From the New York Post's Larry Brooks:

The next battleground between the NHL and NHLPA — and perhaps the first significant confrontation between the league and union since Owners’ Lockout III was settled — can be expected to be fought over rules of an expansion draft that could be held in June 2017.

There likely are to be myriad issues, but specifically, the PA will insist players with no-move clauses be exempt from exposure to the draft, a source with knowledge of the union’s philosophy told Slap Shots.

The league has not declared its position on the matter, but it is important to note that Article 11.8 (c) of the CBA states: “A no-move clause may prevent the involuntary relocation of a Player whether by Trade, Loan or Waiver claim.”

According to an email correspondence from deputy commissioner Bill Daly, the concept of including expansion draft claim in the no-move clause “was never discussed” in either the 2004-05 or 2012-13 collective bargaining negotiations.

Asked if the NHL would register a contract in which exemption from expansion draft exposure was written into a no-move clause, Daly responded: “There is standard ‘no-move’ language that is contemplated by the CBA. We wouldn’t be inclined to permit a variation of that.”

Brooks continues, and Brooks duly notes that the expansion draft rules are CBA issues--and as such, must be negotiated through collective bargaining...

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