Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin

Why does the NHL want two-year entry-level contracts?


The issue of entry-level contracts doesn’t get much time in the CBA negotiations spotlight. It’s not a major area of contention compared to some of the others in the ongoing dispute, but however it’s decided will have a slight bearing on how money is allocated to players.

In its latest offer, the NHL proposed that entry-level contracts be cut from three years to two. The idea is that this will reduce the size of second contracts – for example, the ones recently granted to Tyler Seguin (six years, $34 million) and Taylor Hall (seven years, $42 million) – as entry-level players will have one fewer year to prove themselves in the NHL.

At least one league source doesn’t buy the theory, telling CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty that players like Seguin and Hall will get big money anyway because they don’t need three years to become stars. In fact, reducing ELCs from three years to two will only let them cash in faster.

But it stands to reason that some players won’t make an impact in their first two years as a pro and will head into their second contract negotiations with little leverage. And for young players that aren’t stars like, say, Drew Doughty, holding out for a better deal isn’t really an option. So maybe instead of getting a two-year, one-way deal, a player has to sign a two-year, two-way deal.

Again, this shouldn’t be a make-or-break issue. If you’re curious, Haggerty delves a little deeper into it.

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One

Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.