Read: AHL Contracts, Waivers and Entry Level Deals

In the Columbus Dispatch, Aaron Portzline writes that teams that may not be able to send players down to the minors due to waivers or other restrictions may just sign those players to AHL only deal.

He writes “it would be no different than an NHL-locked out player signing to play in Europe. The contracts would, in most cases, include the players’ current AHL salary and would be terminated at the end of the lockout.”

Whale broadcaster Bob Crawford wrote that there has been some talk that all players eligible for waivers would also be locked out and not allowed to play in the AHL, but also cites the report from Renaud Lavoie last night saying that the NHL and NHLPA have agreed to a deal where veterans on two-way contracts can be sent down.

In the case of the Whale, Crawford writes that this would impact players like Kris Newbury, Chad Kolarik and Brandon Segal.

Craig Custance writes at ESPN Insider, “Teams that want to send their entry level players to the AHL would have to do so before the lockout begins, with those players exempt from waivers the prime candidates (typically players under 160 NHL games played).”

Note: Player Movement During The Lockout

At USA Today, Kevin Allen obtained a memo that the NHLPA sent out to it’s members recently to prepare them for what could/will happen during a lockout.

The memo notes that the NHLPA is under the impression that since teams did not make player related transactions during previous lockouts, they will not make moves during this lockout.

“During previous lockouts, the clubs did not trade players or the rights to players after the lockout started. We expect that clubs will take the same position in the event of another lockout.”

There are conflicting reports about how waivers would impact players going to the AHL.



Note: The Situation When The CBA Expires

While looking at what certain players on the Flyers could do during a lockout, Frank Seravalli of the Philly Daily News writes “Without a new Collective Bargaining Agreement hashed out in the next 17 days, nearly every single NHL player will become a free agent at 11:59 p.m. on September 15.”

He adds that players who are on two-way contracts can play in the AHL. Seravalli also notes that injured players receive their full salary during a lockout so Marian Gaborik will receive paychecks while he recovers from his shoulder surgery.

Read: The AHL Would Be A Good Development Step If There Is A Lockout

At Sportsnet, Mike Brophy writes about the AHL and how it could be used as a big development tool by players if there is a lockout.

Brophy spoke with Jason Spezza, who played in the AHL during the 2004-05 lockout, and raved about what the AHL did for him.

“It ended up being a very important development year for me. The thing is I was 21 years old. It’s not like I was 30 and had ten years in the NHL under my belt and suddenly I was playing in the minors. You go down and you get invested in the whole scene. I was with my friends and we all had a purpose — to get better and to win. I just figured if I had to play in the AHL, I was going to do everything I could to be the best player in the league. It gave me a chance to dominate a league again and, at that age, that was very important to me. I really believe that year in the AHL did wonders for my NHL career.”

Spezza added “If you have to play in the AHL, give it everything you have and work on your game. It’s better than not playing at all.”

There are conflicting reports about how waivers would impact players going to the AHL.

Note: More On Sending Players To The AHL During The Lockout

Read: Needing Waivers To Play In The AHL During A Lockout

In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that if the same waiver rules that were in place for the 2004-05 lockout are in place for this year’s potential lockout the Rangers would need to place Carl Hagelin, Michael Del Zotto, Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh on waivers for them to be able to play in Hartford.

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Note: Enry-Level Deals, Junior Hockey and the Lockout

He adds “Clarification: I was referring to junior-eligible players who played in the NHL last season.”

JT Miller is the only Ranger who is signed to an entry-level deal and still has junior hockey eligibility.

Miller though can play in the AHL this season due to the fact that he wasn’t drafted out of the CHL.

Dylan McIlrath, Christian Thomas and Andrew Yogan all finished their junior hockey eligibility last season and are slated to play with the Whale this season.

Read: Teams Are Holding Spots In The AHL

In the Democrat and Chronicle, via KK, Kevin Oklobzija writes about the situation that some veteran AHL players are in as their spots are being held for NHL players in the event of a lockout.

He writes “In 2004-05, players on entry-level contracts were assigned by NHL teams to their respective AHL affiliates. The talent level in the AHL had never been higher, with budding stars like Eric Staal, Jason Spezza, Dan Hamhuis, Mike Cammellari, Dustin Brown, Patrick Sharp, Niklas Kronwall and Ryan Kesler coming back down to the AHL.”

He adds “The same is expected to happen again, with second- and third-year players who have “graduated” to the NHL likely to be reassigned to the AHL if the NHL season is delayed.”

Adam Rotter: Based on this it would be easy to assume that at least Chris Kreider, Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan will be with the Whale if there is a lockout. Carl Hagelin is a question mark because he can stay home in Sweden and play in the Swedish Elite League.

Read: Who Can Play In The AHL If There Is A Lockout

At The Hockey News, they answer a question from a reader about who can play where if there is a lockout to start the season.

They notes that there is no clear ruling between the NHL, NHLPA and AHL, but that players on two-way contracts can play in the AHL.

They add that the AHL have some roster requirements such as “Teams must dress 12 skaters with no more than 260 professional regular season games played and a 13th with no more than 320.”

Adam Rotter: I am overly obsessed with this issue because of the impact it can have on guys like Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh. Both are on two-way contracts and fall below the 260 game requirement, but neither are currently on the Whale roster and both would have to pass through waivers to go down there. Carl Hagelin and Chris Kreider are in the same boat except that they don’t need to pass through waivers. If they all go down there on September 16th are they allowed to join The Whale?

The idea would be to get as many of the Rangers young players to play in Hartford where they can be in the same kind of system and continue to grow together. Michael Del Zotto, though he won’t be on a two-way contract, falls under the 260 game limit so he could also be a potential player with the Whale.

If anyone has any insight into this please email me or leave it in the comments section.