Plenty of upset (rightly) among the Oilers fanbase this spring about having to give up draft picks to Boston and San Jose in exchange for hiring a previously fired manager and coach. The NHL works in mysterious ways, but there may be some light at the end of the tunnel.
In article published today by Joe Haggarty for Comcast Sportsnet, there’s some indication that this ridiculous rule is SO bad it may not sustain.
Haggarty: There are those in the hockey world wondering whether the draft pick
compensation rule will be reviewed again by the GMs this summer, and
some greater clarification will be made to free up fired employees.
Would an amended draft pick compensation rule mean teams like the Oilers
ultimately won’t have to surrender draft pick compensation to the
Bruins if things are further clarified this summer? Source
As Haggarty states in the article, the Oilers technically owe Boston a second-round pick in 2015, 2016 or 2017 and Edmonton can choose the year. The right thing to do would be turfing this nutty rule altogether, but this is the NHL so it’ll probably punish Edmonton this spring but change the wording in time for next offseason.
The NHL makes it up as they go along, with no rhyme nor reason. Chances are your fantasy league spends more time thinking about its regulations than the NHL does about things like this rule. You may ask yourself ‘how does this happen’? and the answer probably lies somewhere between Glen Sather’s unlit cigar and Lou Lamoriello’s winning smile.
The NHL can fix anything, so they can fix this. Will they? Don’t know. In closing, allow me to publish one of the greatest paragraphs in sports history:
“The New Jersey Devils won’t have to forfeit a first-round pick after all
for attempting to circumvent the salary cap by signing Ilya Kovalchuk
to a 17-year deal in 2010, the NHL announced Thursday.” Source
The NHL can fix this rule, they’ve fixed bigger issues. Will they? We wait.