Is there a limit on what conditions can be placed on draft picks?

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  1. Dumb and nobody

    Dumb and nobody Registered User

    Jun 15, 2007
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    I assume there have to be some. I doubt you could trade a draft pick conditional on the Yankees winning the World Series for example.

    What if at the deadline the Washington Capitals wanted to acquire Daniel Alfredsson? If he retires after the season the Capitals would be stuck with his cap hit for the season after, something that would act as a deal breaker. What if they came up with a workaround with conditional draft picks?

    To Ottawa:

    Washington's 1st pick

    To Washington:

    Daniel Alfredsson
    Conditional 1st pick

    The condition of the pick would be : If Daniel Alfredsson is not traded back to Ottawa for a 7th pick at the conclusion of the playoffs, then the pick is transferred to Washington.

    This would provide Washington insurance against Alfredsson retiring and sticking them with the cap hit.

    Would that work? This might set some sort of precedent though, redefining the concept of a 'rental' in the NHL.
  2. kdb209

    kdb209 Registered User

    Jan 26, 2005
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    Picks can be conditional on whether a player resigns or not (that's fairly common), but they likely cannot be conditional on the player being traded back to his original team - that would likely fall afoul of By-Law 9.4:

    C & P from a "can a team loan a player to another NHL team" thread on the main board:

  3. GKJ

    GKJ Global Moderator

    Feb 27, 2002
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    Is that enforceable? A couple years ago the Ducks traded Sean O'Donnell for a conditional 3rd round pick, which was the Ducks would only get the pick if the Kings traded O'Donnell somewhere else.

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