Daniel Posted February 25, 2016 Share Posted February 25, 2016 19 minutes ago, Devilsfan118 said: Just for my understanding/clarification: Why did he not have to wait a calendar year after terminating his NHL contract before playing in the KHL? Why must he wait the full year to return after terminating his KHL deal? Is it simply because the KHL and NHL have different rules? I thought there was some sort of transfer agreement in place that worked both ways. Kovy's ability to return to the NHL is governed by the NHL's bylaws and constitution. Unlike the CBA, they're not generally made available to the public, but you can find versions from about ten years ago on-line. The league, through Daley, has said that the by-laws provide that a player that retires needs either the consent of all 30 teams to return or has to not play hockey professionally for a full year, at which point his rights revert to his former team unless the player has reached a certain age, in which case he's a free agent (I think it's 35). There are a few wrinkles in that there is a provision in the by-laws that could be interpreted to mean that Kovy could return to the Devils within a shorter period of time. (I wrote about this a while ago, and don't have the inclination to go look for it again). And, the by-laws say that the commissioner has the final say on how the by-laws are interpreted and his decision is not reviewable by an arbitrator or a court. So theoretically, Bettman could pull rank and let Kovy back immediately, although I doubt that he would contradict what Daley has said a few times. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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