Credit to Jason Gregor over at Oilers Nation for tipping this.
The NHL and the NHLPA just agreed to a new rule yesterday, and it could affect every one on an entry level contract.
The rule itself is pretty straightforward. Players on an entry level deal would be eligible to be loaned to the farm club (Barons) during a four day window beginning today and ending on Saturday, September 15th. When (if) the season begins, the parent club would need to recall the loaned players back before the season begins, or they would be placed on waivers.
What does this mean? It means Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, (a 100% healthy) Taylor Hall and Justin Schultz could be loaned to the Barons for the duration of a lockout. And while it may seem counter productive to loan a guy like Jordan Eberle who scored 76 points in the NHL to the Barons, I’d rather see him somewhere in the organization during a work stoppage. As I wrote earlier, it’ll also get Justin Schultz some AHL experience before throwing him onto the Oiler Blue on opening night.
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