Whenever a team is looking to hire a new head coach or general manager, it’s common for them to interview people that already work for another organization. Such an interview can only happen if the franchise the person has a contract with approves, but generally teams won’t stand in the way of their coaches and hockey operations personnel advancing their careers.
The NHL has approved a new policy that would require teams hiring a new head coach, general manager, or president of hockey operations to compensate the team that person was working for. Typically, the level of compensation would be something in the range of a single third-round pick in one of the subsequent three drafts.
For a franchise like the Detroit Red Wings, which has surrendered a lot of talent over the years, this change should be a welcome one. GM Ken Holland complained in April that he didn’t want to be a “development team for other people,” per the Detroit News.
Despite that, he recently surrendered assistant coach Bill Peters so that he could become the Carolina Hurricanes’ bench boss.