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CBA 101: Why isn’t Matt Read playing with the Phantoms?

I’ve opened up CBA 101 to mailbag questions as I had more or less covered the critical topics with respect to the, now expired, Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). I had received a question about NHL player eligibility for the AHL during the lockout from reader Will Heineman, and then more specifically, from reader Tom Ciaverelli, “why isn’t Matt Read playing with the Phantoms?” The answer ultimately comes back to waiver eligibility, which I covered in my very first CBA 101 article. Without re-hashing the entire contents of my article on waiver eligibility, the crux of the topic comes down to A) when a player …

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CBA 101: Could the lockout result in additional 35+ contracts?

Last week I opened up CBA 101 to mailbag questions as I had more or less covered the critical topics with respect to the, now expired, Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). Flyers Faithful’s own Marcello submitted a question. Let’s say a player signs a contract extension set to kick in during the ’13 season, when he turns 34. If there is no season and the contract does not start until he’s 35, is it now considered a 35+ contract? This is a very interesting question, and to be honest, I didn’t definitively know the answer. So I took some time to …

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CBA 101: Mailbag

Over the past 16 weeks I’ve covered what I believed to be the most critical aspects of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). The timing worked out quite well as it seems to have coincided with the lockout (unfortunately). So rather than continue to delve into more mundane topics — for the six or so of you that don’t find them all mundane — in a CBA that is no longer relevant, I thought that it would make more sense to cease CBA 101 in its current form. However, for the foreseeable future I’d be more than happy to take any and all …

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CBA 101: A Recap

As we get closer and closer to the expiration of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, and hopefully the creation of a new one — not to mention that I feel I’ve just about covered every critical topic — I thought I’d put together a recap of sorts, since it would be nice to have everything in one place for people to quickly and easily see what they may have missed. Waivers and Re-entry Waivers and why it means Marc-Andre Bourdon has a far better chance of making this team than Erik Gustafsson. 35+ Contracts and why Chris Pronger can never retire. Slide …

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CBA 101: The Bonus Cushion and Bonus Overages

One aspect of the upcoming  (It is coming right? Eventually?) new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that I am particularly interested about is the concept of Bonus Cushions and Bonus Overages. I’ve seen a number of people assume that the Bonus Cushion will exist, because it has before and, well, why wouldn’t it? I’ve also seen a seemingly equal number of people that don’t believe it will be included. Cue, the mumbo jumbo Section 50.5(h): (h) Accounting for Performance Bonuses. No SPC may contain Performance Bonuses except in accordance with Section 50.2(b)(i)(C) above. For purposes of a Club’s Upper Limit and Lower Limit, as …