MayIsForHockey wrote:I believe I read somewhere that:
Since it was after the trade deadline when the Pens signed him, he cannot be sent down.
That doesn't sound right. Let me see if I can get to the bottom of that.
Since he was acquired after the trade deadline, he's not eligible for the playoffs. Neither playoffs I don't think because he wasn't on the clear day roster for the AHL.
Keeping him in the NHL also can be part of the promise...he gets one NHL paycheck for his time up here as part of the promise.
Some teams, where applicable, will use things like that. For instance, the "9 game" rule that you see in the beginning of the season for junior players before they get sent back...well, that applies here too. Except, this season, it's 6 games I think because it's a short year. But, still...
"Hey, [free agent], you sign with us and we'll get you in the lineup next year and we'll burn this year of your ELC by giving you six games...so you're out of the entry level system quicker..."
These things happen...though, that's not necessarily specific to Hartzell...