Prior to a game late in the season of 2013, Jordan Staal lined up with his brothers, Eric and Jared, to start in a game that held great meaning to the Staal family, but none to the already squashed playoff hopes of the Hurricanes. A nice moment for the Staal family, a family completely devoted to hockey and, for a long time, to this franchise. Things have changed since then and, as the team takes gradual steps to move away from icons of the past in its effort to regain former glories, only one Staal remains. The good news? We've got the best one in the league.
[The rules of building and maintaining an NHL roster are complex and often difficult to pinpoint. Many of them are detailed in the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement, a 517-page pile of legalese that details everything from the requirement that veterans don’t have to have a hotel roommate on road trips (Article 16.9) to ensuring that every player has the option of receiving his paycheck via direct deposit (Article 31.6(c)). Since I’m a sick bastard, I printed the entire thing out and I’ve read way too much of it in an effort to better understand the finer nuances of running a professional hockey team and the decisions and considerations that need to be made during the course of a season. Basically, I’m not a lawyer, but I play one for Section 328. If you’ve got any questions you’d like to see addressed in a future edition of “Workrate Decodes The CBA”, let me know in the comments or find me on Twitter at @MrWorkrate]The recent Connor McDavid injury made many hockey fans and writers collectively lose their ship (ship? I guess we're a family blog.) and make great exaggerations as to what the Oilers needed to do, with the term "Long Term Injured Reserve" being thrown around. Hell, SB Nation's NHL Twitter account announced that McDavid was officially on LTIR despite no announcement being made by the team or that it was only 30 minutes after the end of the game McDavid got injured in. Relax everybody - you can't catch broken collarbone*.[*or whatever actually happened to him - cripes, I can't pretend to be a lawyer AND a doctor at the same time.]VICTORY! #Oilers beat Philly 4-2! #PHIvsEDM pic.twitter.com/kisxMS5N78
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) November 4, 2015
The Oilers have officially placed Connor McDavid on long-term injured reserve. https://t.co/6YZr0Ialom pic.twitter.com/xG2tHWEPO1 — SB Nation NHL (@SBNationNHL) November 4, 2015
So on today's Workrate Decodes the CBA, we're going to look at the rules regarding injuries, rosters, and how NHL GMs have to navigate them.
[The rules of building and maintaining an NHL roster are complex and often difficult to pinpoint. Many of them are detailed in the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement, a 517-page pile of legalese that details everything from the requirement that veterans don't have to have a hotel roommate on road trips (Article 16.9) to ensuring that every player has the option of receiving his paycheck via direct deposit (Article 31.6(c)). Since I'm a sick bastard, I printed the entire thing out and I've read way too much of it in an effort to better understand the finer nuances of running a professional hockey team and the decisions and considerations that need to be made during the course of a season. Basically, I'm not a lawyer, but I play one for Section 328. If you've got any questions you'd like to see addressed in a future edition of "Workrate Decodes The CBA", let me know in the comments or find me on Twitter at @MrWorkrate]This week will see a lot of discussion about NHL rookies and decisions that need to be made regarding their roster status, and the Canes are no exception. Currently, Noah (Freakin') Hanifin has played 8 NHL games with the Hurricanes, and if he plays in two more, his contract is locked in for this and the next two seasons. This may not seem like a major decision, especially for players such as Hanifin, Connor McDavid, and Jack Eichel, who are all - at age 18 - playing major minutes in the NHL. But what if I told you that the Hurricanes could turn that three-year contract into a five-year contract?That's the "slide rule", and it's built into every contract a newly drafted NHL player signs, and that's what we're going to talk about here today, because for a lot of people (read: almost all of them), this can be really confusing due to other factors in play.
Hi there, hockey fan!Are you new to the coolest game on Earth? Looking to discuss the game with appropriate parlance, but confused by all the fancy lingo being tossed around on Twitter? Need help separating the wheat from the chaff? Well, lucky day. Consider this your resource to becoming a hockey expert*.Grit- Refers to a player's ability to muck it up in the corners, fight for the puck, or just punch an opponent in the face. A team can look to add grit or play a gritty game.Gritty Veteran Aaron WardCorsi- The most well known of advanced stats, Corsi is a measure of how many shots for vs. against a certain player or team has. More often, it's used to mock a player or stat guy. e.g. "Sure, he pumped in 35 goals, but how's his Corsi?" or "Yeah, he can't score worth a damn, but look at his Corsi!"
So try not to think about what might have been
Cause that was then
And we have taken different roads
We can't go back again
There's no use giving in
And there's no way to know
What might have been-Little Texas' thoughts on the NHL draftWith 5 consecutive unsuccessful (see: no playoffs) seasons for the Canes and the 2014 NHL Draft coming up in just a few weeks, there's plenty of talk about prospects. Not just the prospects we might see sport the sightless eye, but the ones that were passed over in previous drafts. While poor drafting has hurt the Hurricanes, I believe that "look who they passed over" is one of the worst arguments to be made.
As free agent season is upon us, and surely some players will get contracts that result in a general managers (un)timely demise, we want to take a look at one of the things that Jim Rutherford takes a lot of heat for: the no-trade clause (NTC). These contractual tools give both the club and player a sense of security and, while not used all the time, are made out to be a HUGE deal by fans (us included from time to time) depending on which player it is awarded to. Let's take a further look at NTCs and how they are used around the league after the jump.Hey guys, I've got this list right here...