Thursday, May 27, 2010

A NMC? Say It Ain't So!

The No Movement Clause; the bane of the New York Rangers, err, well. The No Movement Clause; the scourge of the Montreal Canadiens. Ok, well, this lede could just read Scott Gomez sucks, but that's not the point (it's always the point).

I was taking a look at the Buffalo Sabres roster this morning on CapGeek, why? WHY NOT? I knew they'd re-signed Mike Grier (because psst! I write about them), but hadn't seen that he had received a full NMC. Mike Grier? A NMC? Did Regier just suddenly become a nefarious small market Glen Sather? For God's sakes no (for the record, I actually like giving Grier the NMC, why the hell not yah dig?).

That got me thinking; what other joke NMCs are floating around the league? But not just that, what are the oddest stipulations in a NMC out there? Remember Tomas Kaberle's "list"? Yeah, there's a shit tonne (Canadian spelling!) around the league, hit the break to read up on the joke.

Anaheim Ducks - Joffrey Lupul: JLupul's known NTC? Oh it's a doozie. Doozy? Whatever. Beginning on July 1st, 2010 (oh hey that's soon!), Joffrey old pal can list 6 teams he will not accept a trade to, but, BUT!, if his team (was the Flyers, now the Ducks) misses the playoffs, he can be traded from the end of that season up to the next trade deadline without restriction. Read that again, who exactly does that benefit?

Anaheim Ducks - Lubomir Visnovsky: Old Lubo old boy; how'd you pull this one? Full no movement clause up to July 1st, 2012, then can provide "the list" of 10 teams he'd accept a trade to. In reality, this is a pretty smart move by whatever GM negotiated this one. Visnovsky's egregious 5 year, $28 million contract ends after the 2012-2013 season, giving the Ducks plenty of opportunity to move the pending UFA, if they need to (they will).

Atlanta Thrashers - Ron Hainsey: I don't want to live in a world where Ron Hainsey can decide up to 15 teams he'll accept a trade to. /Waddell Fail.

Boston Bruins - Marco Sturm: Ok, this one is a bit to wrap the mind around. Starting in the 2008-2009 season, Sturm had a NTC. If the Bruins made the playoffs (they did), that NTC remains in affect through the next season. Same goes for this season, Sturm's NTC works through 2010-2011. But if they didn't make the Playoffs? The NTC wouldn't be in affect, and Sturm could be moved. No pressure kid.

Buffalo Sabres - Mike Grier: A NMC for a 1 year deal? Guess Grier likes it there, or something.

Calgary Flames - Jarome Iginla, Daymond Langkow, Matthew Stajan, Rene Bourque, Ales Kotalik, Jay Bouwmeester, Robyn Regehr, and Miika Kiprusoff: Seriously; 47% of player's currently signed for the 2010-2011 season have some sort of NMC, NTC, modified or not. 8 of 17. Wow, WORST GM EVER.

Chicago Blackhawks - Brian Campbell: It's not an uncommon situation; it's just the deets that make it funny. Campbell can provide an 8 team list of teams he'll accept a trade to, caveat? The Hawks have to trade him, if at all, within a 45 day window. Arbitrary much?

Detroit Red Wings - Dan Cleary: Seriously, the white Mike Grier. Oh wait, that sounds bad. Detroit's Mike Grier, not so racially charged. Poor Dan, he's got a NTC, that is, until 30 days before the 2011-2012 trade deadline, when his elderly ass is shipped out.

Edmonton Oilers - Shawn Horcoff: Edmonton must have been ready for him to break down, and continue to suck at the game of hockey, just to move his weary ass, based on his regressing trade clauses. Through the 2012-2013 season he's got a full NMC, then starting Free Agency day 2013 he moves to "the list" of 10 teams he'll accept a trade to, then the next season, the final of his sorry contract, he's got nothing. Sutter should ask for some advice here.

Montreal Canadiens: Scott Gomez, Mike Cammalleri, Brian Gionta, Georges Laraque, Andrei Markov, Roman Hamrlik, Jaro Spacek - Now that's 7 guys with some sort of NMC/NTC. They Habs have 15 guys under contract for next season, that's only .033% less pathetic than Calgary. The best one? Roman Hamrlik, who must have the mob for an agent, for this lovely stipulation. He had a full NTC until February 1st, 2009, but from that point to February 1st, 2011, he can designate 12 teams (6 from each conference) he will accept a trade to, past that? Fair game.

New York Rangers: Sean Avery: To be fair; this was Dallas' mistake, but Sean is New York's, and his parents'. (Notice correct apostrophe use, [I think]) From July 1st to August 14th each year, a span of 45 whole days, Avery has a full NTC. The 320 other days? He's got "the list" of 10 teams he won't accept a trade to.

Philadelphia Flyers: Scott Hartnell - We all know why they gave him the NTC. Cheeky bastard.

Pittsburgh Penguins: Sidney Crosby & Evgeni Malkin - No, I'm not saying giving Crosby and Malkin a clause isn't the BEST IDEA EVAR, God you're stupid. What's interesting is that when Crosby's contract ends in 2012-2013 season, it's the only season he actually does have a full NMC. Same goes for Malkin for the 2013-2014 season. So don't expect them to be moved for 7 1st rounders from Edmonton when their contracts expire, guess that's good news for Pens fans.

Pittsburgh Penguins: Marc Andre Fleury - Here's a unique one. Starting July 1 of this year, Fleury owns a limited NMC which will prevent him from ever being placed on Waivers, as well as a limited NTC, which of course is, duh duh duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, "the list".

Toronto Maple Leafs: Tomas Kaberle - You thought "the list" was a myth. Oh no, it's real. He can certainly designate 10 teams he will accept a trade to, but here's the part no one talks about. If the Leafs didn't make the playoffs during the 2009-2010, if you'd recall, they certainly did not, he can be traded from the start of the entry draft up to August 15th. Sounds like Tommy boy needs the Avery rule.

Washington Capitals: Niklas Backstrom & Alex Ovechkin - No, I'm not saying giving Backstrom and Ovechkin a clause isn't the BEST IDEA EVAR, God you're stupid. There's are unique for the clause they both have. For Ovechkin, starting July 1st, 2014, he can list 10 teams he'd refuse to be traded to, the neat part? He can modify that list of 10 teams each September the following season. For Backstrom, starting July 1st, 2016, he can list 7 teams he'd refuse to be traded to, he's also got the September modification clause.

So there's that; am I missing anybody? Care to tell me that Danny Briere is the worst NMC ever? Do it. I dare you.


Anonymous said...

Pretty sure Jason Pominville has a NTC. Although since the Sabres brass are so mysterious, nobody really knows for sure.

Kim said...

Devils signed Brian Rolston to a 4-yr $20.25mil contract... when he was 35 years old! So therefore, he is protected under the 35+ rules. Cap. Killer.

Anonymous said...

Avery doesn't want to have to worry about a trade distracting him during his Vogue internship

Anonymous said...

Yay for correct apostrophe use!

The only thing is, you might want to fix "There's are unique for the clause they both have." There's should be Theirs.

Katie said...

I assume this article was only about current contracts, but the Michael Nylander contract was surely one of the worst in history. It took two seasons of him being hated by all of DC and one full season him riding the bench before he agreed to be sent to an AHL team. I think Caps still have to pay him now but it doesn't go against the cap...not sure about the details.

Chris said...

I believe Drury has a full NMC for my beloved Rangers. INTANGIBLES!

Mark said...

pretty sure Colin White has some kind of no-movement clause. tell me that isn't the worst idea ever.

Anonymous said...

any contract signed by eric brewer is a no trade. who would trade for that piece of crap

Anonymous said...

Luongo has a bit of a weird one. His NMC gives him a possible out after five years, which I assume would mean he'd have "the list." Two years later, the Canucks are free to trade him. The Sedins, Kesler, and Salo also have NTCs for Vancouver.

dzuunmod said...

Spezza has one that kicks in on July 1 this year.

Anonymous said...

Avery's NMC is (i'm 95% sure) not what you said - I remember Brett Hull saying Avery's NMC is the same as Ribeiro's, which is that he doesn't have to accept an assignment to anywhere that isn't the AHL.

Anonymous said...

Pandolfo, Rolston and White have NTCs. I shiver.

Vance said...

Was just going off what CapGeek said, I haven't been able to really confirm either one.

Michael F. said...

The reason why Crosby and Malkin don't have them kick in until the last year of their respective deals is because you can't have a NTC or NMC during would-be-restricted free agent years. NTC or NMC may be in effect on the July 1st that you would have been an unrestricted free agent.

JayPhilly said...

Danny Briere has the worst NMC of all time. As a Flyers fan having his contract is like a death in the family.

Anonymous said...

I don't know why the Wings bothered with giving Cleary a clause; not like they'll be trading him anyway...they're loyal to a fault around here. That's why Holmstrom, Draper, and Maltby have stuck around long past their primes.

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