FAQ - BALLOTTAGE

  • When a player is reassigned from the NHL to the AHL, they must pass through waivers (unless exempt). Waivers allow any of the other teams to claim the rights of the player.
  • In the previous CBA, waivers were required when a player was recalled to the NHL (Re-entry waivers), these no longer exist under the 2012 CBA.
  • Age is defined by the following CBA 13.4:
    • If a player turns 18 between January 1 and September 15 in the entry-draft calendar year preceding the first season of the players entry-level contract, they are considered 18
    • If a player turns 19 before December 31 in the entry-draft calendar year preceding the first season of the players entry-level contract, they are considered 19
    • If a player turns 20 before December 31 in the entry-draft calendar year preceding the first season of the players entry-level contract, they are considered 20, and so on.
  • For players whom are 20 or older, the year in which they play their first Professional Game (e.g. NHL, AHL, ECHL, KHL, European Leagues) is the year which is considered their first year towards the waiver exemption; however, the player must be under an NHL contract.
  • The following table indicates when a player is no longer exempt from waivers. For example, a skater who signs their entry-level contract at 18 will become exempt after playing 160 NHL games, or after 5 seasons (whichever comes first). CBA Reference 13.4
ÂgeNombre d’années après signature du 1er contratNombre de parties jouées (LNH)Nombre d’années après signature du 1er contratNombre de parties jouées (LNH)
JoueursGardiens
185160680
194160580
203160480
21380460
22370460
23360360
24260260
25+11
  • There is an exception for 18 and 19 year olds:
    • If an 18 or 19 year old skater plays 11 NHL games or more, the year exemption will reduce to 3, and the following two season will count against these 3 years regardless of games played.
    • If an 18 or 19 year old goalie plays 11 NHL games or more, the year exemption will reduce to 4, and the following three season will count against these 4 years regardless of games played.
    • In the 2012-13 lockout season, the 11 games were pro-rated for the 48 games played (7 games instead of 11). CBA Reference Exhibit 16 (15)

Exemples

  1. Un joueur de 18 ans signe son premier contrat d’entrée en juillet 2013 et dispute 9 matchs dans la LNH lors de la saison 2013-2014. Il sera exempté du ballottage comme suit :
    SaisonStatut - Ballottage
    2013-2014Exempté
    2014-2015Exempté
    2015-2016Exempté
    2016-2017Exempté
    2017-2018Exempté
    2018-2019Éligible
  2. Un joueur de 18 ans signe son premier contrat d’entrée en juillet 2013 et dispute 11 matchs dans la LNH lors de la saison 2013-2014. Il sera exempté du ballottage comme suit :
    SaisonStatut - Ballottage
    2013-2014Exempté
    2014-2015Exempté
    2015-2016Exempté
    2016-2017Éligible
  3. Un joueur de 18 ans signe son premier contrat d’entrée en juillet 2013 et dispute 11 matchs dans la LNH lors de la saison 2014-2015. Il sera exempté du ballottage comme suit :
    SaisonStatut - Ballottage
    2013-2014Exempté
    2014-2015Exempté
    2015-2016Exempté
    2016-2017Exempté
    2016-2017Éligible
  4. Un joueur de 20 ans signe son premier contrat d’entrée en juillet 2013 et dispute son 160e match dans la LNH lors de la saison 2014-2015. Son exemption du ballottage se résume comme suit :
    SaisonStatut - Ballottage
    2013-2014Exempté
    2014-2015Éligible (immédiatement après les 160 matchs joués)

Exemptions

  1. A player does not need to pass through waivers if the player has not been on the NHL active roster for a cumulative 30 days since last clearing waivers, and has not played in 10 or more NHL games. CBA Reference 13.2(b)
  2. A player whom consented to a Conditioning Loan can be Loaned to a minor league club for a maximum of 14 days without passing through waivers. CBA Reference 13.8
  3. A player whom was previously on long-term injured reserve (LTIR), may be loaned to a minor league club for a maximum of 6 days or 3 games for the purpose of determining if the player is fit to play. This player does not need to pass through waivers. CBA Reference 13.9