Compensation was a hot topic over the last couple of weeks with the likes of Peter Chiarelli heading to Edmonton to be the new Oilers general manager, Mike Babcock to the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the hiring of Dan Bylsma in Buffalo.
There was much ado over the cost of those moves. The Detroit Red Wings set the cost of luring Babcock away at a third-round draft choice, as he was technically still under contract with the club. The Chiarelli and Bylsma situations were a much different scenario.
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According to Elliotte Friedman on Saturday’s edition of “Headlines” on Hockey Night in Canada, the NHL’s Board of Governors are set to change the rules surrounding compensation for coaches and executives.
Friedman noted that the Board of Governors could move to change the current rule so that only a coach or general manager still working for a club would warrant a compensatory pick in the event that they were hired away.
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The Oilers surrendered a second-round pick to the Bruins for Chiarelli, who had been relieved of his duties in Boston following the conclusion of the regular season.
A matter of compensation held up the Bylsma hiring until it was determined the Sabres would send a third-round pick to the Pittsburgh Penguins, who let the coach go last summer with his contract running through 2016.