The NHL Players Association has announced that players who have been suspended for violating their player-safety and health clauses in their contracts will be eligible to play in the 2017-18 season.
This is an important step in helping players and teams understand what to expect from players on the ice as they get back into the game.
The NHLPA released a new Player Health and Safety Policy on Tuesday.
This new policy was released following the announcement of the player-to-player lockout, which will begin on March 12.
Here’s a summary of what the policy says about players:Players who have not exercised their player safety and health provisions will be permitted to return to the ice for the first time since March 11 and will be ineligible to return until their player health and safety agreement has been ratified by the league’s Board of Governors.
The terms of a player’s waiver must include the following information: the player’s name, address, date of birth, the player has been suspended from the team for any reason, and the player must be available for contact prior to the start of the next NHL regular season.
The player must also agree to comply with all league rules and regulations, including that players not participate in the game, including wearing masks, using protective equipment, wearing a mask while playing and being in a designated area.
Players who are suspended for any of these reasons will be deemed to have waived their player protection provision.
The suspension of the suspended player will not affect the ability of the team to sign the player to a new contract.
All other conditions and terms of the suspension will remain in place.
Players who are subject to a suspension or other discipline, including a ban or restriction, may be eligible for waivers if they meet the criteria set out in the Player Health & Safety Policy.
Players with no previous suspensions will be subject to waivers, while players with suspensions that are longer than 30 days will be considered suspended players, regardless of their previous history.
The waiver process for a player who has had one or more suspensions or discipline will begin the first day of the start date of the 2017/18 regular season and end on March 31.
Players will be granted waivers until their current contract expires.
A player who is granted a waiver for a new season or who is deemed to be suspended for the remainder of a season will be automatically granted an additional 30 days to return.
Players will be allowed to waive up to two of their existing team-owned players for up to four games.
The maximum number of games a player can be on a team-controlled team is four.
The minimum amount of time a team can waive a player is 30 days, with a waiver period of 30 days.
For the purpose of this policy, a player must have an active NHL team contract, and all waivers must be for a team player.
The team that has granted a player a waiver must use the waiver only for purposes of their player and team control.
A team may waive a non-player for up a maximum of two games during a three-game span.
A team may not waive for more than four games during any period during the season.
A waiver cannot be for the purposes of trade.
A waiver may be for purposes other than trade.
For example, a team may be granted a temporary waiver for up the duration of the season to allow the player time to recover from a medical condition.
Players can waive their team’s player protection if they wish.
A player’s player health & safety agreement must be signed before the start or conclusion of the regular season, and it must include a waiver provision.
The waiver must be executed in writing and the waiver must not be used by the player for any purpose other than the purposes set out below.
A written waiver must state that the player is waiving his player health insurance and the duration must be 30 days and must include any required information, such as:The waiver will not apply to:• a player whose team has signed a player for the purpose that he will be available to play, but will not be available during the regular schedule of games;• a team that waives its player for purposes that would prohibit the player from participating in the regular regular schedule;• any team that trades for a restricted free agent, as defined in the player and club trade rules;• the waiver of a nonplayer whose team does not have an NHL team.
The name of the waiver, the date of expiration, the number of days that must elapse for the waiver to apply, and a description of the reasons why the waiver cannot apply to the player are all mandatory.
A signed waiver cannot expire on a day that is more than two calendar days before the scheduled start of a game, nor will a signed waiver be valid for purposes described in clause 7 (b).
The waiver can only be used for purposes set forth in clause 1 (a) of the policy, and must be used on or before the day the player signs his or her contract.
The agreement must include terms and conditions that will protect the player in case of