So you’ve just been (gulp) traded, what now?

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Picture it: You’re at the gym for a game-day workout, visions of an afternoon nap dancing in your head, and suddenly Duthie’s beaming face (appearing in the flat screen mounted to the wall) is informing you that you, yes you, have been traded to the (sigh) Edmonton Oilers. As the blood rushes in your ears you sort of miss what the return is; and besides, you’re suddenly distracted by the onslaught of messages your iPhone is now receiving. Everybody and their cousin wants to know how you’re feeling about becoming an Oiler. Quick man, defuse those t-bombs! But what did you expect? It’s trade deadline time after all.

Yes, lost among all the talk of “trades,” “swaps,” “asset maximization” and “rentals” this time of year is the fact that at the end of the day we’re talking about people, and uprooting their lives, sometimes (often?) on a whim and almost always without notice. What we easily forget is that at the end of the day these guys are human beings. Yes, they’re millionaires and they’re built like modern-day Spartans (ok, ok, not you Phil, our beloved everyman superstar), but most of them grew up in towns and with families just like the rest of us. The only difference being that they were really really good at hockey.

So, now that the news has been broken to you that you’re leaving sunny Florida for the desolate tundra of Edmonton, what now? How do you, the player, know what happens next?

I’m glad you asked. Lost among all the talk of revenue sharing, make-whole payments and upper and lower limits during the last round of CBA talks was little known CBA provision, Article 14. This little gem – which only spans six pages – is the be-all-and-end-all of effecting player “Transfers”, which includes waiving, trading, assigning, loaning, expansion (Las Vegas anyone?) and team relocation.

First things first. According to Article 14.8, now that you’ve been traded you have a “reasonable” amount of time to report to your new team, which at this time of year means “grab your gear and get the next flight out of town because you’re playing tonight”.

Imagine that! You’ve got a house, two cars, a wife, and kids who are in school in a city that you chose to call “home”, and now you’re setting off part-way across the world and have a game to get ready for. What will become of your house? Where will you stay? What about your Hummer?! Well, you’ve got to walk before you run, so before we worry about all of those nagging details it’s important to know that Article 14.4 (b) obliges any team trading for a player after February 15th to provide that player with a single room hotel accommodation until the end of that season. Phew, so you’re not going to be homeless, anyway. As a bonus, the Oilers also have to provide you with a “mid-size” car rental for the next 21 days while you get on your feet. What luxury – thank you Article 14.5 (a)!

That still leaves you paying for a house you no longer live in, with vehicles you can’t drive, and a wife and kids who aren’t with you. What will become of them? Well let’s assume that, since you’ve got another year on your contract, you intend to rent or buy a house in the Edmonton area at some point. More than likely it won’t be mid-season, and more than likely you’re not going to uproot your family in the middle of work (and school) years; so here’s how it’s likely to play out.

First of all, as a newly Transferred player, you and your agent have likely just received this message in electronic format from the Edmonton Oilers:

“You may be entitled to certain reimbursements or benefits relating to your Transfer. However, there are time limits which apply to making a claim. Please refer to Article 14 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. You are encouraged to contact the NHLPA and/or your Agent for more information.”

Nothing says “welcome aboard, we’re happy to have you” like boilerplate contract language. Okay, so I’m eligible for certain reimbursements, how does that work?

Well, by virtue of Article 14.2 the Edmonton Oilers – as the team that just acquired you – are obligated to pick up a maximum of six months’ worth of the rent or mortgage payments you were making back in Florida so long as you obtain (by rental or purchase) a new residence in Edmonton within 12 months of being traded (note that if you don’t have a mortgage or lease, but own a place free and clear, you are not entitled to any payments in respect of that property).

But for those that do have mortgage or rental payments, sub-clause “vii” of Article 14.2 provides that for the 2014-2015 the Oilers are on the hook for a maximum of $4,100 per month. As an aside, $4,100/ month can net you a pretty darn big house in Florida at the moment. As long as you inform Edmonton of your intention to claim reimbursement within 3 months of buying or renting your new home, you’ll be eligible for reimbursement. Still can’t sell your place in Florida after six months? Sorry pal, you’re on your own.

But how will you pick out a home if your family is still in Florida? Article 14 has you covered there as well; specifically Article 14.7 requires the Edmonton Oilers to provide round-trip (economy) airfare for your wife and kids to come to Edmonton to check out houses, before heading back to pack up the old place. The Oilers will also have to provide you and your family with one-way (economy) airfare for your final trip back to Edmonton as well.

So now you’ve got a new house, but what about all of your stuff? No way you’re driving your Hummer to Edmonton with gas at a $1.36/litre, right? That’s where Article 14.3 comes into play. So long as you move your family from Florida to Edmonton within 12 months of being traded, the Oilers are responsible for covering your moving costs (including two cars since you’re married), subject only to their right to pick the company you move with.

So congratulations, you are now officially an Edmonton Oiler and you and your family are safely nestled in Edmonton for the foreseeable future, right? Wrong. Since you and your agent weren’t able to secure an “Individually Negotiated Limitation on Player Movement” (a no-trade/movement clause) under Article 11.8 of the CBA, you may just be doing this all over again next February; after all, the Oilers need to “maximize their assets” and you are just a “rental.”

No worries, though. Just play the most inspired hockey of your career down the stretch and maybe you’ll get a modified no-trade clause in your next deal. No pressure.

Just remember – lost among all the talk about adjusting to new systems, teammates and coaches, these guys also have personal lives that are drastically impacted when they’re moved at the deadline; that they’re able to focus on hockey and continue to deliver is a testament to focus and professionalism and should be lauded. So here’s to you, boys, and a happy deadline day to us all.

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Elliot is a litigator, media and sports lawyer working downtown Toronto at Bersenas Jacobsen Chouest Thomson Blackburn LLP. He completed his articles at the Toronto office of a national full-service firm before leaving to pursue a media, sports and litigation practice. Elliot currently teaches a negotiation course entitled “Lawyer as Negotiator” at Osgoode Hall Law School, where he graduated in the top 6% of his class, and was a recipient of the McMillan LLP Scholarship. He has written extensively on negotiation, mediation and alternative dispute resolution, and his paper on collective bargaining in the National Hockey League was published in Volume 19 of the Sports Lawyers Journal. Elliot currently represents national level amateur athletes involved in sports related disputes through the Sports Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada.Elliot can be reached at esaccucci@lexcanada.com.Follow him on twitter
  • Conis

    Can’t imagine there is much left for tomorrow…I hope I’m wrong though

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    Gillis firing soon to follow…

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Hahahahahaha……Van gonna sink like a stone.  It behooves me how one man can completely fuck up a fined tuned and well oiled machine…..but that’s how I see things unfolding on the left coast.  
    Gillis can suck it!

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    Gilbey93  was wondering who that prospect was..

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    A bad day for the Canucks gets worse:https://twitter.com/Leafs_History https://twitter.com/Leafs_History/status/440992233253134337
    1978 – Ron Wilson makes his https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NHL&src=hash debut with the https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Leafs&src=hash as they beat the https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Canucks&src=hash 4-3. https://twitter.com/search?q=%23TMLtalk&src=hash https://twitter.com/search?q=%23UWindsor397&src=hash http://t.co/UOUAKqorHa

  • mlclearwater

    Holy Fuck, FLA is moving Tim one would think. Also great Boyes signing, hopefully are wingers take  notie

  • Cloud09

    If the Ducks can move a guy like Penner than the Leafs can move expiring contracts like Raymond too.

  • BingoDabber

    mlclearwater  Are wingers take notie.

    Are wingers take notie.

  • phaneufoundlander

    Vandelcouver is officially a gong show…..I love it! I hope Markstom flops like a flounder there.

  • BingoDabber

    Good read. Lord knows there’s nothing to cover on the Leaf trade front.

  • rustynail

    great read THANKS

  • phaneufoundlander

    If the Casucks can move Lu’s contract there’s hope that Nonis can ship Clarkson :)

  • phaneufoundlander

    If the Casucks can move Lu’s contract there’s hope that Nonis can ship Clarkson :)

  • Belfour20

    http://twitpic.com/dxcmdn

  • Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs

    mlclearwater  
    You would think so with Luongo in but havent they just traded Markstrom and put Clemenson through Waivers? Thats a risk if you intend on keeping him.

  • https://twitter.com/ElliotSaccucci Elliot Saccucci

    rustynail My pleasure!

  • phaneufoundlander

    Dam, thought we had a star I didn’t know about… Lol

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    https://twitter.com/LavoieRenaud https://twitter.com/LavoieRenaud/status/440995704191057920
    I’ve been told that if https://twitter.com/search?q=%23islanders&src=hash Thomas Vanek is traded it won’t be to Ducks.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Hey Ingy….this just in regarding AC/DC:From a reliable source that has contact with Malcolm’s son is that Malcolm & family are going to be living full time in Australia to be near extended family because of his illness & that he has been in & out of the hospital for a few years tho not since last year. No other details but coupled with “trying to do 40 gigs” does not sound good.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan  Damn, that’s too bad. It’s one reason I always go to see aging bands, you never know if this is it. Hopefully it all works out for Malcom.

  • MaxwellHowe

    phaneufoundlander Hope springs eternal dude

  • Burtonboy

    Elliot Saccucci rustynail  I was thinking about this very thing wen the Leafs cancelled practice to keep the media away from the players . Its a tough enough day as it is for without the media in your face at practice.  Kudos to the Leafs for trying to relieve some of that pressure on the players  . Thanks for the article Elliot . Very appropriate

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    I actually like what Edmonton did with their goaltending. Now, about their defence….

  • http://www.unclejakescards.ca/ unclejakescards

    wooopsie , just got banned from hockey buzz ….. dam !! my heart is broken . er laughin hysterically !!

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    unclejakescards  #Freeunclejakescards

  • http://www.unclejakescards.ca/ unclejakescards

    ERROR:SORRY
    Your posting privileges have been revoked until March 5, 2014 @ 6:45 PM. The post that you have been banned for has been posted below. If you feel that this ban may have been handed out in error, please contact support at support@hockeybuzz.com.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    unclejakescards  
    What did you say that got you banned??

  • http://www.unclejakescards.ca/ unclejakescards

    ingy56 unclejakescards  i really am laughin out loud !!! hilarious day !!

  • http://www.unclejakescards.ca/ unclejakescards

    ingy56 unclejakescards  i really am laughin out loud !!! hilarious day !!

  • http://www.unclejakescards.ca/ unclejakescards

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan unclejakescards  gillis 2 for tuesday deal , 2 sisters for price of one .

  • steele123

    unclejakescards Bon Scott was a Leaf fan  Thats what it takes to get banned? Yikes.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    You’re proud of getting banned from the hockey forum equivalent of a Hull strip club?

  • http://www.unclejakescards.ca/ unclejakescards

    steele123 unclejakescards Bon Scott was a Leaf fan  there were a few others ….. only one that was listed … been trollin for while now…lololol

  • Tim Horton

    Hey everyone just got in whats your reactions to the trades.

  • Mind Bomb

    Thanks Elliot, I feel for the guy making minimum. And really though I am married and if someone said I get to go to another city while someone pays for me to live in a Nice , quiet hotel,with no wife and kidssss, for a couple months ?

    Dude thats not a trade, its a vacation !!!!  :)

  • RaihanSays

    LeafsNews Just a great article. Phenomenal work.

  • RaihanSays

    LeafsNews Just a great article. Phenomenal work.

  • Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs

    phaneufoundlander  
    I wonder if NJ would want him back. Hes a fit there, signed long term so at least they can call the shots there for once and as they dont have their first round pick next year its not as if they are going to get a timely boost from the draft – oh yeah Ellias isnt getting any younger

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    unclejakescards Bon Scott was a Leaf fan  
    Wow…thin skinned over there, eh.  Good thing I don’t post there, I’d be banned after one chinki chicken.

  • http://www.unclejakescards.ca/ unclejakescards

    Alec Brownscombe  well , kinda , just never been banned before . it was fun tho

  • http://www.unclejakescards.ca/ unclejakescards

    Alec Brownscombe  and funny , ive only ever posted there in canucks forum .lolol . maybe total of 10 times in 5 years …..

  • Tim Horton

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan unclejakescards  Bon Scotts posting privileges have now been revoked.  If you feel that this ban may have been handed out in error, please contact your mom.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Tim Horton Bon Scott was a Leaf fan unclejakescards  
    Vape on!!

  • http://www.unclejakescards.ca/ unclejakescards

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan unclejakescards  i guess they are , no swearing neither , weird !!

  • mike_84

    Any leaf rumours out there? i’ve heard the Kuli to FLA rumour but thats it

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Tim Horton  Gillis is an idiot, that is all.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    mike_84  No point in selling any body based on the going rate. Worth more here than gone. Especially Kulemin.

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/LavoieRenaud https://twitter.com/LavoieRenaud/status/440999182053027842
    Ducks are one of the teams who are looking to trade for Ryan Kesler. https://twitter.com/search?q=%23tvasports&src=hash

  • Mind Bomb

    Tim Horton He should Continue to Blow it up now, all of it, I would like all the trades to be done, before a real GM takes over

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    mike_84  From that noted “insider” Darren Millard?