Re: Just a basic NHL question
posted at 7/8/2010 7:53 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Just a basic NHL question
In Response to Re: Just a basic NHL question : CBA: Regarding ANY communication from the team to the player during the off-season: "service of the required notice shall be effectuated by either facsimile transmission or overnight mail delivery by an established nation-wide delivery service (e.g., FedEx, Overnite, Airborne, etc.). In the event the method of service specified is e-mail, but no e-mail address has been provided, that requirement will be deemed to be waived. In the event the method of service specified is not available (e.g., overnight delivery to a specified address), the next most reasonable and efficient service available shall be utilized, provided such service provides a written verification or other record of delivery (e.g., certified or registered mail or delivery overnight)." None of these players were in a place where Faxes, FedEx, ect were not available. Next time try looking through the WHOLE CBA, not just googling the Qualifying Offers section. Per Sports Illustrated, which I have faith knows more about it than you do: " not only were the Hawks' offers late going out, they went out in the mail, a direct violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, which specifies that they must be sent to players and their agents by fax or courier. In not doing so, some offers showed up in the mail after the deadline date, and the NHL Players Association filed a grievance." Source Here Now I'd like to see you back up your argument that they sent them out via mail in the past?
Posted by davecarr
that quote is from SI.. not the CBA
If you read your own quote from the CBA you will see is says an established nation wide delivery provider I would say the United States Postal service would qualify as such wouldn't you?
Tallon has insisted he sent them out on time saying he didnt account for the canadian holiday which is why the whole thing is considered a "mix up", you are correct in he does not state he sent them out "standard" mail as I had said but that they have used the same methods in the past.More recently, there was the foul-up over sending qualifying offers to the team's restricted free agents by mail instead of by fax or courier. The team had followed a similar process in the past but had always got the mailings out early enough that there wasn't a problem. This year, the process went off the rails, and the NHLPA filed a grievance that the offers were delivered late. The team ended up offering contracts that were worth more than they otherwise would have had to pay to players, including rookie of the year nominee Versteeg and defenseman Barker.
I don't disagree the mistake cost the hawks money, and there is a reason he got everyone signed prior to a ruling on the grievence, but I do read most of this as being a procedural mistake, not a violation of league rules.