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Collective Bargaining Agreement

Collective Bargaining Agreement
Between the Continental Hockey League General Managers and Continental Hockey League Players

Outline
The contents of this Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) outline an agreement between the General Managers (GMs) of the Continental Hockey League (CHL) and the players in the Continental Hockey League as represented by their Player Agent (CHLPA).

The collective agreement as outlined are in place for one (1) season. Upon the conclusion of the playoffs and prior to the start of the off-season the CHL General Managers and CHLPA will collectively determine what -if any- changes are required to the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Any proposed changes are to be voted on and implemented during this time.

Any proposed changes must be approved by 80% of voting General Managers in order to be passed.

Any deadline for voting requires all General Managers to be given at least seven (7) "real world" days' notice to submit their vote.

The complete details of how the votes were cast is released once the deadline has expired, including how each General Manager voted and who (if anyone) did not participate.

Active Player
A player that is still playing professional hockey with stats that can be proven by the trusted resource hockeydb.com.

Players lose "active" status when they do not play professional hockey for an entire CHL season and have their rating removed from the league.

Compensation
Compensation is awarded to a team that successfully signs a free agent (unrestricted or restricted) to an offer that the player's rights holding team elected not to match.

CHLPA Contract Value per Year x Maximum Term + a NMC
22-26 Year Old RFAs                              Compensation
$300,000 - $999,999                                None
$1,000,000 - $1,500,000                          One 4th Round Pick
$1,500,001 - $2,000,000                          One 3rd Round Pick
$2,000,001 - $2,500,000                          One 2nd Round Pick
$2,500,001 - $3,000,000                          One 2nd Round Pick & One 3rd Round Pick
$3,000,001 - $3,500,000                          Two 2nd Round Picks
$3,500,001 - $4,000,000                          One 1st Round Pick
$4,000,001 - $4,500,000                          One 1st Round Pick & One 3rd Round Pick
$4,500,001 - $5,000,000                          One 1st Round Pick & One 2nd Round Pick
$5,000,001 - $5,500,000                          One 1st Round Pick & Two 2nd Round Picks
$5,500,001 - $6,000,000                          Two 1st Round Picks
$6,000,001 - $7,000,000                          Two 1st Round Picks & One 2nd Round Pick
$7,000,001 - $8,000,000                          Two 1st Round Picks & Two 2nd Round Picks
$8,000,001 - $9,000,000                          Three 1st Round Picks
$9,000,001 - $10,000,000                        Three 1st Round Picks & Two 2nd Round Picks

27 and greater Year Old RFAs               Compensation
$300,000 - $999,999                                None
$1,000,000 - $1,500,000                          One 6th Round Pick
$1,500,001 - $2,000,000                          One 5th Round Pick
$2,000,001 - $2,500,000                          One 4th Round Pick
$2,500,001 - $3,000,000                          One 3rd Round Pick
$3,000,001 - $3,500,000                          One 2nd Round Pick
$3,500,001 - $4,000,000                          One 2nd Round Pick & One 3rd Round Pick
$4,000,001 - $4,500,000                          Two 2nd Round Picks
$4,500,001 - $5,000,000                          One 1st Round Pick
$5,000,001 - $5,500,000                          One 1st Round Pick & One 3rd Round Pick
$5,500,001 - $6,000,000                          One 1st Round Pick & One 2nd Round Pick
$6,000,001 - $7,000,000                          One 1st Round Pick & Two 2nd Round Picks
$7,000,001 - $8,000,000                          Two 1st Round Picks
$8,000,001 - $9,000,000                          Two 1st Round Picks & One 2nd Round Pick
$9,000,001 - $10,000,000                        Two 1st Round Picks & Two 2nd Round Picks

* Note - Compensation dollars listed above are based on the CHLPA value on the contract offered Based on the compensation chart above, the exchange of picks is required to be within a limited number of seasons depending on the volume of picks owed.

In the event compensation is owed to multiple teams, the team responding back to the CHLPA the quickest during free agency will have first selection of picks available.

Contract
A "contract" is an agreement reached between the CHLPA (who acts on behalf of the player) and a league General Manager OR is an agreement reached between a coach and a league General Manager that has been formally submitted to the league and meets the requirement of this Collective Bargaining Agreement and the CHL Rulebook.

A contract commences on the first day of the regular season and end at the conclusion of the playoffs.
A player "contract" must consist of:


A player "contract" may also consist of:

A coach contract is outlined in the CHL Rulebook.

Contract Length
Age                                                  Length     Length w/ Team Option
Coming off the Prospect List               3 years      N/A
22                                                     4 years     3 years + Option Year
23                                                     4 years     3 years + Option Year
24                                                     4 years     3 years + Option Year
25                                                     4 years     3 years + Option Year
26                                                     4 years     3 years + Option Year
27                                                     4 years     3 years + Option Year
28                                                     4 years     3 years + Option Year
29                                                     4 years     3 years + Option Year
30                                                     3 years     2 years + Option Year
31                                                     3 years     2 years + Option Year
32                                                     3 years     2 years + Option Year
33                                                     3 years     2 years + Option Year
34                                                     3 years     2 years + Option Year
35                                                     2 years     1 year + Option Year
36                                                     2 years     1 year + Option Year
37                                                     2 years     1 year + Option Year
38                                                     2 years     1 year + Option Year
39                                                     2 years     1 year + Option Year
40+                                                   2 years     1 year + Option Year

Entry Draft
The Entry Draft allows teams to select players they want in an order that is determined based on the most recent season's standings, as well as a draft lottery and any potential trading of picks that has occurred.

The Entry Draft is seven (7) rounds with each team having started with one (1) pick per round.
Entry Draft picks may be traded and can be found on a team's prospect list.

How the Entry Draft works:
1. Each GM is given 8 hours per selection. It is strongly encouraged to not take this long.
2. If a GM fails to pick or fails to communicate a pick to the league at the 8 hour mark of any round,  the Autodraft of the BAP (Best Available Player) will be selected on their behalf per the NHL draft.
3. Once an Autodraft is initiated for a specific team, the league will immediately pick once their next selection comes up unless the GM intervenes.
4. Any GM that utilizes the Autodraft for the first round of the draft will be released.

Player Eligibility
To be eligible for selection in the Entry Draft a player has to meet the criteria listed below by the start of the draft:

  • The player must have already been drafted or played in the NHL and is still active
  • The player must be considered a rookie
  • The player must not already belong to another CHL team

Once a player is drafted they are placed on a team's prospect list. From there the General Manager may decide whether to sign the player to an entry level contract (provided they have a prospect list) or whether the player should remain there for the season.

Entry Draft Lottery
The Entry Draft Lottery provides all non-playoff teams the opportunity to mix-up the order of the first round of the Entry Draft. The lottery involves eight (6) non-playoff teams with varying odds of landing the #1 overall pick in the draft.

The Entry Draft Lottery weighting system places the greatest odds of "winning" the lottery on the team with the worst record from the regular season.Entry Level Contract (ELC).

All prospects that are signed off the prospect list are awarded a contract based on where they were drafted or the initial offer for an undrafted prospect. If there is no initial offer, a one year bridge deal will be used.

18-21 years old                                                             22+ years old
1st Round Pick
(1st - 3rd overall)  
 
$1,500,000.00 for 3 years + $500,000 signing bonus         $1,500,000.00 for 3 years + $750,000 signing bonus

1st Round Pick
(4th - 8th overall)

$1,250,000.00 for 3 years+ $350,000 signing bonus            $1,250,000.00 for 3 years+ $600,000 signing bonus

1st Round Pick
(9th - 20th overall)

$1,000,000.00 for 3 years+ $250,000 signing bonus            $1,000,000.00 for 3 years + $500,000 signing bonus

2nd Round Pick
$850,000.00 for 3 years + $225,000 signing bonus             $850,000.00 for 3 years+ $450,000 signing bonus

3rd Round Pick
$700,000.00 for 3 years+ $225,000 signing bonus              $700,000.00 for 3 years+ $400,000 signing bonus

4th Round Pick
$600,000.00 for 3 years + $200,000 signing bonus             $600,000.00 for 3 years+ $300,000 signing bonus

5th Round Pick
$500,000.00 for 3 years+ $175,000 signing bonus              $500,000.00 for 3 years+ $250,000 signing bonus

6th and 7th Round Picks
$400,000.00 for 3 years + $100,000 signing bonus             $400,000.00 for 3 years + $200,000 signing bonus

* Note - All salaries listed are based on the player's age at the time of the signing 

Free Agency
During free agency all teams have the ability to make contract offers to free agents in a customized "black & white" system the league uses. The purpose is to take opinion out of the picture when General Managers are making offers and have only the dollars and cents dictate who signs where.

Free Agency Schedule
Prior to free agency the CHLPA will release a pre-determined schedule for free agency.

Option Years
A player or team option may be added to the end of an offer so long as the combined years including the option year is still within the maximum contract length allowed based on a player's age.
Options from previous contracts are decided on prior to free agency.
 
Free Agent
A free agent is a player without a contract. Free agents are determined in the off-season when contracts turn over.

Future Considerations
Future considerations are potential assets that may be exchanged during a trade.

In order to be approved by the league, the future considerations must be clearly defined by all General Managers when the trade is submitted.

Hold Out (HO)
A hold out is a player that has been qualified as a restricted free agent (RFA) but has not come to terms with the team that holds his rights by the end of the off-season. At this point the player is removed from a team's roster and placed on their prospect list.

A player that is listed as a hold out is unable to play games and therefore cannot receive a re-rate.

Hold outs can be signed at any time in the year by the team holding their rights or can be offered a contract by another team under restricted free agent guidelines.

Any players still listed as a hold out at the end of the season are released by their teams and automatically become unrestricted free agents regardless of their age.

New GM Rule
In their first season as a new General Manager (GM) in the CHL, a GM may trade any player(s) on their roster that have a no movement clause (NMC) provided the team the player(s) is being dealt to honours the clause going forward.

This rule expires for the new GM at either the Trade Deadline or on Opening Day, whichever comes first.

No Movement Clause (NMC)
Any player that has a no movement clause (NMC) in their contract may not be demoted, waived, released or traded during the course of the entire length their entire contract.

The only exception to this is the New GM Rule.

A player with a no movement clause (NMC) is indicated in the TA (Trade Available) column on the Team Rosters page with an "N".

For players aged 30+
A no movement clause adds a 15% discount to the team submitting the offer during free agency. While this 15% does not come off the value of the contract, it increases the offer to the player when compared to other offers on the table.

For players aged 18-29
A no movement clause adds a 10% discount to the team submitting the offer during free agency. While this 10% does not come off the value of the contract, it increases the offer to the player when compared to other offers on the table.CHLPA

Contract Value
The CHLPA contract value is the dollar value amount per year that the CHLPA comes up with based on a number of varying factors in a contract offer.

A player's age, experience, free agent status can impact the CHLPA contract value positively or negatively based on the components of the offer (length of contract, value per year, options, clauses etc.).

The higher the CHLPA contract value, the more favorable it is for the player. This dollar amount decides where a player signs when multiple offers come in, regardless of what else is on the table.

One-Way Contract
Any player making $4,000,000 per season or greater is ineligable to be sent down to the minors.

Player Agent (CHLPA)
The role of the Player Agent is to act on behalf of the CHL players during all contract negotiations.

The Player Agent is required to have a complete understanding of the Collective Bargaining Agreement as well as the CHL Rulebook.

The Player Agent is expected to seek out the best interests of the players they represent at all times.
The current selected Player Agent (CHLPA) is (to be determined)

Prospect
A prospect is a player aged 18-24 years old that has not been signed to a contract and has not been assigned an opening player rating.

A list of each team's prospects can be found on the prospect list.

Releasing A Player
Each team is allowed to release one player during the offseason regardless of term remaining on contract. Any player with a NMC (No Move Clause) is ineligible to be released.

Free Agent (FA)
A free agent is a player whose contract has expired.

Retirements
Retirements in the CHL are based on players retiring in the NHL.

A player is considered retired in the CHL if they have officially announced their retirement and they have no available ratings.

Officially retired NHL players may not be signed to an CHL contract regardless if they have a player rating or not.

In-Season Retirements
Any player that retires from the NHL during the CHL off-season may remain with their team and will honor their contract until the term is up or they have no available ratings. Whichever comes first.

Under 30 Retirements
If a player retires* from the NHL under the age of 30, the CHL team holding their rights is entitled to draft pick compensation. The compensation draft pick will be awarded in the off-season closest to the retirement. This includes retirements due to injury, a player's death, or permanent removal from the NHL.

The compensation pick for players 24 and under is based on the round in which the player was originally drafted:
A player drafted in ROUND 1 will receive a compensation pick at the end of ROUND 2.
A player drafted in ROUND 2 will receive a compensation pick at the end of ROUND 3.
A player drafted in ROUND 3 will receive a compensation pick at the end of ROUND 4.
A player drafted in ROUND 4 will receive a compensation pick at the end of ROUND 5.
A player drafted in ROUND 5 will receive a compensation pick at the end of ROUND 6.
A player drafted in ROUND 6 will receive a compensation pick at the end of ROUND 6.

The compensation pick for players 25 and older will be at the end of ROUND 4 regardless of where the player was initially drafted.

The age of the player is determined at the time the request for compensation is submitted by a GM. A GM may submit a request as soon as they can find legitimate proof the player qualifies.RookiesA rookie is a player aged 18-24 years old with fewer than 20 total pro games played (or 10 total pro games played for goalies) that has been assigned an opening player rating.

Signing Bonus
A signing bonus is cash offered to a player on top of their salary. A signing bonus is paid once the contract is signed and is immediately removed from the signing team's bank account.

Once free agency commences in the off-season, any signing bonus offered counts towards a team's Signing Bonus cap of $5,000,000. Throughout the entire free agency period teams cannot spend more than $5,000,000 in Signing Bonuses, including any Entry Level Contracts (ELCs) or re-signings.

A tabled offer that includes a Signing Bonus temporarily removes that amount from the team's limit. A team cannot have more than $5,000,000 Signing Bonus paid or offered at any point.

The minimum a team can offer as a Signing Bonus is $10,000.

Signing Bonuses can only be offered in $10,000 increments.

When comparing offers the CHLPA spreads the total Signing Bonus evenly over the length of the term of the contract that has been offered.

Team Option
A team option is an additional year on top of the base term which allows a team to determine whether or not they will pick-up the additional year or let the player become a free agent instead. A team option is typically added by a team during contract negotiations to gain an extra year on the contract that is not guaranteed.

The salary for the team option year must be at least 100% of the base salary from the rest of the contract.

A team option provides a 10% discount to the players salary.

Any team option that is added to a contract with a no movement clause (NMC) attached, absorbs the no movement clause if it is picked up.

Tryout Contract
During the pre-season teams may elect to sign any remaining unrestricted free agents or their own unsigned prospects (provided they have a player rating) to a tryout contract worth $15,000.

The tryout contract extends only the length of the pre-season and is paid out in full at the time of the signing (it will appear as a $1 contract in STHS).

While under a tryout contract players that qualify as unrestricted free agents may still be offered a contract from any team however the team with the player's tryout contract rights will be eligible to match any incoming offers.

Players under a tryout contract may not be traded.

At the end of the pre-season all tryout contracts are automatically removed from a team's roster.

Two-Way Contract
A two-way contract is paid at different percentages of full value depending on where a player is playing.

A player receives 100% of their salary while playing in the CHL.

A player receives 10% of their salary while playing in the CHL-Farm.

Unrestricted Free Agent (UFA)
An unrestricted free agent is an active player whose contract has expired.

Unrestricted free agents will automatically test the free agent market without listening (exclusively) to offers from their previous team.

Non-Drafted Prospects
Any player who went undrafted will be able to be offered a contract from a CHL team once they have posted stats on www.hockeydb.com after playing at least one game in the ECHL, AHL or NHL. Offers are first come, first serve and should be sent directly to chlmaster@hotmail.com after they meet the required criteria.

Waivers
Any player that is 25 years of age or older that is being demoted from the pro roster to the minors during the regular season is required to be placed on waivers.

Any player that is 24 years of age or younger that is being demoted from the pro roster to the minors during the regular season who has played 20 pro games in the CHL is required to be placed on waivers.
 
The league uses the daily transactions to determine which players are on waivers and sends out an e-mail automatically with each simulation.

By placing a player on waivers a team is offering the player to any other team in the league for a $100,000 claim fee.

A player remains on waivers for a two (2) day window, regardless of when claims are made. Once the two day window closes, claims go to the team with a claim in that has the worst record at that point in time.

Up until the five (5) games played point in the season, waiver priority is based on the previous season's final regular season standings.

A claimed player will be placed on his new team's pro roster and must be placed on waivers again should the new team wish to demote him.

If a player is demoted before his new team has played five (5) games after being claimed, his former team may bid to re-claim the player immediately and regardless of priority for half the original waiver fee ($50,000).

A team may only have one waiver claim submitted at a time.

A team can claim a player off of waivers by e-mailing the league before the two (2) day window closes stating who they wish to claim.
 

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