2013-14 NHL Sliding Contract Tracker

One of the most peculiar aspects of the National Hockey League’s collective bargaining agreement is the concept of sliding contracts. Designed to help teams keep the rights to their junior players without rushing them into the league, the NHL’s CBA specifically has a sub-section dedicated to the sliding rule on entry-level contracts.

(Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports)

Nathan MacKinnon (Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports)

9.1 (d) (i) In the event that an 18 year old or 19 year old Player signs an SPC with a Club but does not play at least ten (10) NHL Games in the first season under that SPC, the term of his SPC and his number of years in the Entry Level System shall be extended for a period of one (1) year, except that this automatic extension will not apply to a Player who is 19 according to Section 9.2 by virtue of turning 20 between September 16 and December 31 in the year in which he first signs an SPC.  Unless a Player and Club expressly agree to the contrary, in the event a Player’s SPC is extended an additional year in accordance with this subsection, all terms of the SPC, with the exception of Signing Bonuses, but including Paragraph 1 Salary, games played bonuses and Exhibit 5 bonuses, shall be extended; provided, however, that the Player’s Paragraph 1 Salary shall be extended in all circumstances.

9.1. (d)(ii) In the event that a Player signs his first SPC at age 18 and has had his SPC extended pursuant to Subsection (i), and such Player does not play at least ten (10) NHL Games in the second season under that SPC, then the term of his SPC and his number of years in the Entry Level System shall be extended for one (1) additional year. Unless a Player and Club expressly agree to the contrary, in the event a Player’s SPC is extended an additional year in accordance with this Subsection, all terms of the SPC, with the exception of Signing Bonuses, but including Paragraph 1 Salary, games played bonuses and Exhibit 5 bonuses, shall be extended; provided, however, that the Player’s Paragraph 1 Salary shall be extended in all circumstances.

In other words: if a player signs an NHL deal at 18 or 19, his NHL deal doesn’t begin running until his 20-year-old season…unless he plays 10 NHL games, at which point the clock starts ticking. Games played in the AHL or ECHL don’t count.

Here’s a quick glance at all the NHL contracts potentially impacted by the “slide rule.” Last updated on November 5, 2013

ACTIVE DEALS (10+ NHL GAMES)

These players have played 10 or more NHL games this year and, thus, their entry-level contracts have begun to run.

  • D Hampus Lindholm (Anaheim) – 2012 draft pick – 14 NHL games
  • D Rasmus Ristolainen (Buffalo) – 2013 draft pick – 13 NHL games
  • F Zemgus Girgensons (Buffalo) – 2012 draft pick – 15 NHL games
  • F Sean Monahan (Calgary) – 2013 draft pick – 14 NHL games
  • F Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado) – 2013 draft pick – 13 NHL games
  • D Ryan Murray (Columbus) – 2012 draft pick – 13 NHL games
  • F Valeri Nichushkin (Dallas) – 2013 draft pick – 13 NHL games
  • F Aleksander Barkov (Florida) – 2013 draft pick – 14 NHL games
  • D Seth Jones (Nashville) – 2013 draft pick – 14 NHL games
  • F Filip Forsberg (Nashville) – 2012 draft pick – 10 NHL games
  • D Olli Maatta (Pittsburgh) – 2012 draft pick – 15 NHL games
  • F Tomas Hertl (San Jose) – 2012 draft pick – 14 NHL games
  • D Morgan Rielly (Toronto) – 2012 draft pick – 13 NHL games
  • F Tom Wilson (Washington) – 2012 draft pick – 13 NHL games

POTENTIALLY ACTIVE DEALS (ON NHL ROSTERS)

These players are playing in the National Hockey League but have yet to play 10 NHL games. Their entry-level deals are not running yet.

  • D Nikita Zadorov (Buffalo) – 2013 draft pick – 6 NHL games
  • F Elias Lindholm (Carolina) – 2013 draft pick – 9 NHL games

    (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

    (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

  • D Mathew Dumba (Minnesota) – 2012 draft pick – 9 NHL games
  • D Jacob Trouba (Winnipeg) – 2012 draft pick – 8 NHL games

POTENTIALLY ACTIVE DEALS (ON AHL ROSTERS)

These players are in the American Hockey League (or ECHL) and are eligible to play in the NHL this season, but have yet to play 10 NHL games this year. Their entry-level deals are not running yet.

  • G Malcolm Subban (Boston) – 2012 draft pick – Providence Bruins (AHL)
  • D Patrick Sieloff (Calgary) – 2012 draft pick – Abbotsford Heat (AHL)
  • F Martin Frk (Detroit) – 2012 draft pick – Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)
  • F Colton Sissons (Nashville) – 2012 draft pick – Milwaukee Admirals (AHL)
  • D Cody Ceci (Ottawa) – 2012 draft pick – Binghamton Senators (AHL)
  • D Connor Carrick (Washington) – 2012 draft pick – Hershey Bears (AHL) – 3 NHL games

SLIDING DEALS (JUNIOR OR EUROPE)

These players are on the roster of either a Canadian major-junior team or a European club. Their entry-level contracts are not running and will “slide” by a year.

  • D Shea Theodore (Anaheim) – 2013 draft pick – Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
  • F Sergei Tolchinsky (Carolina) – free agent signing – Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
  • F Teuvo Teravainen (Chicago) – 2012 draft pick – Jokerit (SM-Liiga)
  • D Chris Bigras (Colorado) – 2013 draft pick – Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
  • F Radek Faksa (Dallas) – 2012 draft pick – Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
  • D Ludwig Bystrom (Dallas) – 2012 draft pick – Farjestads (SHL)
  • F Anthony Mantha (Detroit) – 2013 draft pick – Val-d’or Foreurs (QMJHL)
  • G Jake Paterson (Detroit) – 2012 draft pick – Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
  • D Darnell Nurse (Edmonton) – 2013 draft pick – Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
  • F Jijhar Khaira (Edmonton) – 2012 draft pick – Everett Silvertips (WHL)
  • D Kurtis MacDermid (Los Angeles) – free agent signing – Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
  • D Mike McCarron (Montreal) – 2013 draft pick – London Knights (OHL)
  • F Sebastian Collberg (Montreal) – 2012 draft pick – Frolunda (SHL)
  • G Zachary Fucale (Montreal) – 2013 draft pick – Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
  • F Tim Bozon (Montreal) – 2012 draft pick – Kootenay Ice (WHL)
  • F Charles Hudon (Montreal) – 2012 draft pick – Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL)
  • D Troy Donnay (NY Rangers) – free agent signing – Erie Otters (OHL)
  • F Brendan Leipsic (Nashville) – 2012 draft pick – Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
  • F Mikko Vainonen (Nashville) – 2012 draft pick – Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)
  • D Damon Severson (New Jersey) – 2012 draft pick – Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
  • D Griffin Reinhart (NY Islanders) – 2012 draft pick – Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
  • D Ryan Pulock (NY Islanders) – 2013 draft pick – Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
  • F Curtis Lazar (Ottawa) – 2013 draft pick – Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
  • D Samuel Morin (Philadelphia) – 2013 draft pick – Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)
  • F Scott Laughton (Philadelphia) – 2012 draft pick – Oshawa Generals (OHL)
  • G Anthony Stolarz (Philadelphia) – 2012 draft pick – London Knights (OHL)
  • F Taylor Leier (Philadelphia) – 2012 draft pick – Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
  • F Max Domi (Phoenix) – 2013 draft pick – London Knights (OHL)
  • F Henrik Samuelsson (Phoenix) – 2012 draft pick – Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
  • D Derrick Pouliot (Pittsburgh) – 2012 draft pick – Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
  • G Tristan Jarry (Pittsburgh) – 2013 draft pick – Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
  • G Matt Murray (Pittsburgh) – 2012 draft pick – Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
  • F Jean-Sebastien Dea (Pittsburgh) – free agent signing – Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL)
  • D Mirco Mueller (San Jose) – 2013 draft pick – Everett Silvertips (WHL)
  • F Chris Tierney (San Jose) – 2012 draft pick – London Knight (OHL)
  • F William Carrier (St. Louis) – 2013 draft pick – Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)
  • F Jonathan Drouin (Tampa Bay) – 2013 draft pick – Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
  • F Slater Koekkoek (Tampa Bay) – 2012 draft pick – Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
  • F Bo Horvat (Vancouver) – 2013 draft pick – London Knight (OHL)
  • F Hunter Shinkaruk (Vancouver) – 2013 draft pick – Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
  • F Brendan Gaunce (Vancouver) – 2012 draft pick – Belleville Bulls (OHL)
  • F Evan McEneny (Vancouver) – signed as free agent – Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
  • F Andre Burakovsky (Washington) – 2013 draft pick – Erie Otters (OHL)
  • F Alex Blomqvist (Winnipeg) – free agent signing – Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)

Ryan Pike
A native of the Stampede City, Ryan Pike has covered the Calgary Flames extensively since 2010 as a Senior Writer for The Hockey Writers and as Managing Editor of FlamesNation.ca.
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