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CBA Explained: Draft eligibility and signing undrafted players AKA why Raffl has a one-year deal

Last week a twitter interaction between Dustin Leed, Kurt from Broad Street Hockey, and Tyler Altemose┬ábrought to light that newly signed Flyer Michael Raffl is signed to a one-year contract, despite some sources indicating the deal was for three years. This prompted me to write my first CBA Explained article in over two months. So let’s quickly touch on what makes a player eligible for the draft, and then what are the restrictions around signing players that are not drafted. From section 8.4 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA): “8.4 Eligibility for Claim. (a) All Players age 18 or older …