The NHL today announced new player transfer contracts, including one-year extensions with existing players. These include IIHF-affiliated federations in Austria, Belarus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Norway, Slovakia, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The NHL will also follow the same player transfer contract with the IIHF leagues, including Sweden, Finland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, France, Denmark, Norway and Germany. This is the simplest version of this rule. Cunningham exploits another aspect of the agreement; The overtaking rule. While the main part of the agreement is to keep the talent in the juniors (these leagues would not be very competitive if, once they were conceived, 18-year-olds could turn up for minor league affiliates. Talent would weaken considerably), the over-setting rule is in place to encourage talent to aspire to miners. CHL teams are allowed to have three players above the age limit (players who have already completed four years or who are 20 years old before the 12/31 of the year). Cunningham has 20 years since September of this year and played four years for the Vancouver Giants.
He was offered an AHL contract, but instead decided to play as one of the Giants` three oldest players in a fifth year for his junior team. For European League players, the signing window depends on both age and country, depending on whether the country`s ruling hockey association has a transfer contract with the National Hockey League. The agreement on the transfer contract will not be too difficult because, as I said, it works for most players. But the NHL`s task is to seek out the best interests of all its teams and players. Leaving players like Hayton and Dobson in the press box, like a healthy scratch, is not good for anyone. They also renewed the existing CHL agreement with the Canadian Hockey League (OHL, WHL, QMJHL). This means that nothing will change for players selected in the CHL who are eligible for the LHA game before the age of 20. Corey Pronman of The Athletic (subscription required) recently asked Scouts whether the agreements adopted should be amended; 60% of them think that the changes must wait at least another year. For example, Flyers wing seen Oskar Lindblom (in the fifth round of the 2014 Draft) and goaltender Felix Sandstrom (a third league 2015) were both 18 years old when he was straightened and the two are linked to the Swedish team Bryns IF Govle.