CBA Explained: No move/trade clauses

I discussed no move and no trade clauses in my CBA 101 series last year, however, the new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) introduced a slight tweak to those rules that we have already seen come to fruition this NHL season.

You may as well call this the “Jeff Carter clause”. From the CBA Summary of terms:

“No Move/No Trade Clauses that are negotiated as part of a contract extension may become effective immediately upon execution of, but prior to the effectiveness of, the extension contract, provided:
a) The Player is otherwise currently eligible to have a No Move/No Trade Clause, and
b) The Club with whom the contract extension is entered into agrees to make the No Move/No Trade Clause effective immediately upon execution of the extension contract.”

We all know what happened with Jeff Carter. He signed an 11 year contract extension with the Flyers in the fall which contained a no trade clause. He was traded that summer before the extension, and the no trade clause ever began.

This slight tweak to the rule allows these clauses to kick in immediately, which is something we’ve already seen in the cases of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry’s recent extensions with the Anaheim Ducks.

So thank you Paul Holmgren and Jeff Carter, for giving me something to write about.