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CBA 101 Part 9: Restricted Free Agent Compensation

As the name suggests, restricted free agency is a type of free agency in which the player has the ability to entertain offers from other clubs; but there are certain restrictions in place. The “Prior Team” who owned the player’s rights throughout the previous season, maintains those rights and can retain that player if they so choose. The first step in maintaining those rights is to present a qualifying offer to the restricted free agent, which would grant the team what is known as the “Right of First Refusal”. If the restricted free agent were to sign an “offer sheet” …

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CBA 101 Part 8: the 100 Percent Rule and Shea Weber

When free agency rolls around, there is always discussion about how the newly signed contracts are laid out. Is it front loaded, back loaded, or relatively even year to year? You’ll often even hear discussion with respect to Restricted Free Agents, such as in the case of Shea Weber currently, and attempting to sign him to such a hugely front-loaded offer sheet that Nashville could not match. I’d argue, that that is harder to do than many realize. When structuring contracts there are certain rules which restrict how much a player’s salary can increase or decrease from year to year. …

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CBA 101 Part 7: One-way vs. two-way contracts

I actually touched on the topic of one-way versus two-way contracts in my very first CBA 101 article about waivers and re-entry waivers. However, when the Flyers signed Michael Leighton yesterday I saw Twitter abuzz with people who were appalled with the fact that he got a one-way contract (to be fair, there were also plenty of people that understood the distinction that I’m about to discuss as well). I thought I would specifically call out this topic as I frequently see it being misunderstood. People tend to think that if a player signs a two-way contract, that that player …

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CBA 101 Part 6: Tagging Space

Over the past two seasons Flyers fans may have heard of two potential re-signings that couldn’t take place because of “tagging space”. Currently that re-signing is Matt Carle, whereas last year it was Ville Leino. Ultimately, Leino ended up signing a contract with Buffalo once he hit free agency, and we’ll have to wait to see how the Carle situation plays out. As detailed in the Collective Bargaining Agreement Section 50.5 (f)(iii) (iii) A Club shall only be permitted to sign a Player to an “extension” of the existing SPC in the amount of: (A) the SPC of the Player …

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CBA 101 Part 5: Long Term Injured Reserve

Long Term Injured Reserve (LTIR) is a designation within the Collective Barganing Agreement that teams can utilize in order to see some cap relief for an injured player. However, placing someone on LTIR is not the same as cap space, and many incorrectly treat it as such. CBA Section 50.10(d) In the event that a Player on a Club becomes unfit to play (i.e., is injured, ill or disabled and unable to perform his duties as a hockey Player) such that the Club’s physician believes, in his or her opinion, that the Player, owing to either an injury or an …