In the days leading up to the Toronto Maple Leafs’ NHL draft, a new trend was on the rise in the NHL.
There was the “buzz” of the trade deadline, which saw players being shipped out of the league, with teams trading their top prospects to make up for lost assets.
And then there was the arrival of the dreaded “traded-for-player” rule, which allowed teams to acquire players they traded away.
All in all, the rules were pretty much a mess, with some players trading away their draft picks and others trading away a player’s contract.
And when it came to the trade of players, things didn’t really seem to be that clear cut.
So with the NHL season just starting, NHLPA president Donald Fehr took to Twitter to lay out the rules governing the trade-for deal.
Here are the main points from Fehr’s tweets: Trade-for deals must be made in the event of an emergency or the player is on the trade block.
No player may be traded without first discussing and approving the trade.
No trade can be made until the player has agreed to a new contract.
If a trade is made and the player wants to sign with the new team, that player must have agreed to the terms of the contract and not be on the trading block.
In a situation where a player is in the trade, the player must be released from the team, the trade cannot take place and the new contract cannot be signed.
Any player on the restricted list must be traded to the team that would have him if the player was not traded.
No team can release any player who has been placed on the team’s restricted list.
The only exception is a player that is on waivers, where the team can trade him to a team that has the player’s rights.
It’s worth noting that, as Fehr noted, teams don’t have to follow these rules in the first place.
If the player wanted to sign a new deal, he could do so, and his trade wouldn’t need to be approved.
However, it’s important to note that, in order for a trade to take place, both parties must agree to the deal.
It would be up to Fehr to follow up on his tweets if and when the league starts enforcing the new rules.