Western Canadian Hockey League Constitution
Hello everyone and welcome to the WCHL. It is recommended that you look these rules over and if you have any questions, please contact either the Commissioner (Trent Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Co-Commissioner (Kurt Fulmore at email@example.com) to get them answered.
These rules are subject to change. The WCHL has a procedure in place to solicit feedback from General Manager’s each season regarding league rules and any possible improvements, and in many cases General Manager’s are asked to vote on proposed rule changes. Any rule changes that are made will not take effect until all GM’s have been notified and a waiting period will take place so that all GM’s can adjust to the rule, unless the situation requires immediate action or immediate implementation of the rule won’t cause any adverse effects to any General Manager or team. Some rule changes will be solely at the discretion of the Commissioner, if deemed warranted. Rule changes will be done in the off-season, unless they must be made during the season for some unforeseen circumstances. The Commissioner has the right to enact rule changes as he sees fit to ensure the progress and integrity of the league.
Basic Information- The sim is set for a minimum of 40 players and a maximum of 50 players per team. That is the pro team and farm team together. If a trade, signing, waiver claim, prospect creation or other player acquisition will make you go over 50-player limit, it will be voided, unless you provide an immediate remedy to the situation. Teams can also go beyond the above posted limits but up to five players who are signed to a minor league only deal. These players are not under the possession of any team and are strictly used to help teams fulfill roster requirements for their minor league franchise. As they do not belong to any team, another team can sign them to a WCHL contract at any time.
The pro roster is set for a maximum of 25 players. That includes dressed players, healthy scratches, unsigned RFA’s and injured players. You must have a minimum of three of each forward position, six defensemen and two goalies, and a minimum of 18 healthy skaters and two healthy goaltenders in your dressed line up. The other players, if you choose to carry them, will be healthy scratches. You must also dress a full line up on the farm team. If you don’t, the Commissioner will sign random players to your team at league minimums to fill any deficiencies.
Goalies can not play more than 4,300 minutes in the regular season. This total would be in effect regardless of the number of teams the goalie plays for and is not reset by a trade. Once a goalie exceeds this number he is suspended for the remainder of the regular season.
Point System- The sim awards two points for a win, one for a tie, and zero points for a regulation loss. An overtime or shootout loss will result in one point.
Schedule- Games will be simmed one scheduled day per calendar day unless stated otherwise. The regular season will be 82 games and the current NHL standard for playoff seeding will be used to determine what teams advance to the playoffs.
General Managers- All GM’s are expected to reply to all e-mails or other messages they receive. GM’s are encouraged to state if another GM has not responded to an e-mail they have sent out by posting the date of the e-mail, who it was sent to, and the fact there was no response, in this thread on the leagues message board: http://wchlforum.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=leaguea&action=display&thread=5288
Please provide a 72 hour window for GM’s to respond before posting in the thread.
GM Editor- All GM's need to use the GM Editor to edit their lines. The lines you send in are a file with the .lns extension. When you save your lines, don't put a password or we can't access your lines. Failure to send in lines at least once in a while will be viewed as a sign of inactivity on the GM’s part and can be grounds for dismissal.
General Manager Activity- GM’s will be required to submit their info for the GM bio page, as well as a picture if they want one.
We encourage all General Managers to be active in this league and we will reward General Managers who are active through a points system called the General Manager Activity Chart.
The activity chart keeps tabs on the point totals each GM has for doing various tasks in the league. This is a breakdown of the activity points:
Points earned for the following, how much and if they should be posted or sent to the e-mail address:
Player position changes: Maximum 1 point per day (e-mail)
Trades: 10 points per trade (posted)
Prospect creations: 3 points per prospect created (e-mail)
GM recommendation that we hire: 20 points (e-mail)
ASST. GM recommendation that we hire: 10 points (e-mail)
Lines: Maximum 1 point per day (e-mail)
Articles (minimum 300 words not including the title): 20 points each (posted)
Maintaining a team website (must be updated occasionally throughout the season): 50 points
Message Board Posts (deemed worthy by Commissioner): 1 point per post (posted)
Voting: 5 points (e-mail)
The GM Activity Chart will begin the first day of the pre-season and run until the commissioner declares a finish at some point near the end of the following off-season. If a team has a GM transfer at some point during the season, the new General Manager will start at zero points and any points accumulated by the previous General Manager will become null and void.
The reward behind the GM activity chart is points GM's can use towards their players attributes. The most active team would receive 60 points, second most active 58 points, and decrease therein by two points per team with the least active team receiving two points. Points can be awarded to a maximum of 15 points per player, and five points per attribute. The maximum level an attribute can be increased to by using activity points at 90 (including goalies).
General Manager Dismissal- Not voting on league issues, whining about league issues on the message board, and not replying to league e-mails pertaining to your team can result in a fine or dismissal. As well, any GM caught harassing another GM, or saying inappropriate things to another GM will be subject to a dismissal. This is one thing that will not be tolerated in the WCHL. All GM’s are encouraged to set up the history option on their various messenger accounts, in case this happens to you. If you have a problem with the league, speak to the Commissioner to have your problem dealt with. We will do our best to resolve any issue. Posting your problem on the message board will not help your cause; in fact it will hurt it. Publicly airing problems in a negative manner only serves to undermine the league and its credibility, and that is not beneficial to anyone.
Players and Coaches- For players, the most important thing is the players attributes. Player attributes are those numbers that appear by the players name on the rosters page. Here’s a definition breakdown:
CK: Checking, FG: Fighting, DI: Discipline, SK: Skating, ST: Strength, EN: Endurance, DU: Durability, PH: Puck Handling, FO: Faceoffs, PA: Passing, SC: Scoring, DF: Defense, PS: Penalty Shot, EX: Experience, LD: Leadership, MO: Moral, PO: Potential, OV: Overall.
Coaches have only sevenattributes: PH: Physical, OF: Offense,
DI: Discipline, PD: Player Development, EX: Experience, and
LD: Leadership, PO: Potential
The WCHL uses the STHS simulator. Visit the STHS website to read up on this simulator and try to have any questions you may have answered: http://sths.simont.info/
Buying out a player- You may buy out a player at any time. If a team releases a player, they must pay the released player 67 per cent of his remaining contract. If you buy out a player mid-season, the amount you owe him will be pro-rated. If you buy out a player you are not permitted to reacquire him until after one full season.
Retiring Players- When a player retires in the NHL; they will retire at the end of the current WCHL season. The end of a WCHL season is defined as the off-season, which will start when the playoffs are finished and end when the first day of the regular season of the following year is played. Therefore, if a player retires at any point considered to be the off-season, which includes the pre-season, he will be immediately retired in the WCHL. If a player hasn't played for two seasons or more, the Commissioner has the right to decide if that player retires or not.
Changing Players’ Positions- If you want to change a player's position, you must send the Commissioner a link from a reputable hockey source to show that the player can play that position. The source must be off of the internet. As well, the source must be something that everyone in the league can access for free. There is no charge to change the position and players positions can be changed at any point.
Coaches’ Salaries- Coaches contracts will be negotiated through the Commissioner. It is assumed the coach wishes to return at the maximum salary possible with his current team, unless the Commissioner requests a different contract during the off-season. The cap on coaches’ salaries is $6 million a season, and a maximum of fiveseasons per contract. Coaches whose contracts are up will consider offers from other teams unless his current team offers this maximum salary.
Coaches that are hired must have at least one year in the AHL recently or be a current coach or assistant coach in the NHL. If you fire the coach during the season, you must pay 66% of his remaining contract. It will be pro-rated same as it is for players. The retirement policy for coaches is similar to that for players. If the coach announces his NHL retirement, he will be retired at the end of the current WCHL season. As well, any coach who has not been an active coach for at least two full seasons in either the AHL or NHL can be retired if the Commissioner sees fit to do so.
During the off-season coaches of a farm team can be hired by another team as the Head Coach of their pro team, even if still under contract to the team that has them on the farm team. Coaches will only leave a minor league coaching assignment to move to another team if they are getting a WCHL (pro) level coaching position. If a team’s farm team coach receives a pro team offer from another team, the original team reserves the right to fire their existing pro team coach and promote the farm team coach in question and matching the offer that was given to that coach.
Re-Rates- Re-rates will be done after every season. Re-rates are based entirely on NHL play. Please keep in mind that future attribute changes are fueled by NHL performance, not WCHL performance. Re-rates aren’t based on tournaments, such as the World Cup or the Olympics and do not include playoff performances at any level. Re-rates are based solely on NHL play and, in the event a player hasn’t played in the NHL much or not at all, on the highest level of league competition he has performed at. The same goes for coaches. Re-rates will be done in the off-season only.
Arguing Re-rates- Teams are allowed to argue re-rates. Teams are allowed to argue up to three attributes per player on up to 10 players. All re-rate arguments must be sent in one e-mail. Any re-rate request submitted that is based at all on another players rate in the WCHL will not be accepted. Successful arguments must be based on NHL play. Re-rate arguments can only occur in the off-season, after the player ratings are updated and will be requested by the Commissioner. If you submit re-rate requests, players cannot see a decrease in attributes. They will either increase or remain the same.
There is a team salary cap, which matches the NHL’s salary cap. Whatever the
NHL’s salary cap is at the start of the off-season is what will be the WCHL’s
salary cap for the upcoming season. To reflect the fact NHL teams can gain cap
space by having contracts count for less as the season goes along, the WCHL
increases the salary cap by 10 per cent between the start of the regular season
and the trade deadline in four separate increments of 2.5 per cent each. The
dates of those increases are announced early into the regular season after the
schedule has been created.
Teams must stay out of debt. If a team goes into debt there will be punishment handed down from the league. The severity will be determined by the amount of times you have gone into debt. First offence and second offence will be a warning and the league will waive whatever player it sees fit to bring the team out of debt. A third offence will be grounds for immediate dismissal. The Commissioner has final say on any dismissal.
As a courtesy to new GM’s, team’s that have less than $10,000,000 in their financial records when the new GM takes over will automatically be raised up to the $10,000,000 level.
New GM’s are permitted one rollback - A new General Manager is permitted to roll one contract back to the players NHL cap hit. The rollback would be paid for in cash at a rate of $1.50 per each $1 rolled back. The rollback is limited to only players on the teams' roster at the time the General Manager took over the team and cannot be used on acquired players. Additionally, any NTC/NMC's a GM inherits will be automatically waived. The roll back must be used within two weeks of being hired as the teams’ General Manager, with the date of being hired determined as the date the General Managers’ hiring was announced by the Commissioner.
Owners cut – At the end of the playoffs, teams will have 10 per cent of the funds in their bank account removed. This is deemed to be revenues taken by the teams owners.
Trading cash to go into the minus- Any trade involving cash that will see a team going into the negative in finances will be voided.
Ticket Prices- GMs can set their own ticket prices.You can change your ticket price at any time.
Rivalries- Two teams can agree to a rivalry and wager any amount of money they wish on this rivalry. For the rivalry to be legit, both teams must agree. To apply for a rivalry, discuss the idea with your fellow General Manager and then, if he/she agrees, e-mail the Commissioner your team name, which team you wish to have a rivalry with, and the terms of the rivalry. Both teams must e-mail in this information. You may have as many rivalries as you want, so long as you can cover all the wagers. If you can’t cover them, and they put you into debt, you will face league punishment.Refer to the league rule regarding going into debt for more information on the consequences of putting your team in debt.
Additional League Revenues- This is meant to cover additional league revenues beyond game day revenues. The determination for this amount of revenue will see the total NHL league revenue, minus player benefits paid by the NHL, minus ticket sales (this is due to the fact WCHL teams already earn ticket sales themselves. Approximately two-thirds of NHL revenues are based on ticket sales), divided by 30 teams.
In 2013-2014, the NHL claimed $3.7 billion in total revenues and $120 million in player benefits.
$3.7 billion X 0.34 (0.66 is deducted for ticket sales, 0.66 equals two-thirds) = $1.258 billion.
$1.258 billion minus $120 million = $1.138 billion.
$1.138 billion divided by 30 teams = $37,933,333 per team.
Calculations will include the most recent revenues available.
Prior to the start of each regular season, a waiver draft will be conducted.
During the waiver draft, any player who is in the ACHL (minors) and is 25 years
of age or older is eligible to be drafted. Only players in the ACHL are eligible
to be claimed. A team which claims a player must have room on their pro roster
for the player, as any claimed player will be automatically assigned to the new
teams pro roster. A team cannot have more than 25 players on their pro roster
at any point during the draft and cannot have more than 50 players between
their pro and farm rosters combined, excluding the five minor-league only
contracts each team is permitted to have. The claiming team must also have the
salary cap space for the claim. If there isn’t enough salary cap space or
roster space to recall the player following the waiver draft, the team in
question will be expected to make room for the player to be recalled
immediately. Any player with a no movement clause (NMC) can not be demoted to
the farm or otherwise made eligible for selection in the waiver draft and must
remain on the pro roster and count against the 25 pro
player limit as well as the salary cap.
A deadline for rosters will be announced by the Commissioner prior to the waiver draft. Once that deadline passes rosters will be frozen for a period of one day and teams will be given that time submit lists of players they wish to claim in the order they wish them claimed. At the end of the one day period when rosters are frozen the Commissioner will conduct the waiver draft and players will be selected by teams who submitted in reverse order of the final standings from the previous season, with the last place team in the overall standings selecting first, second worst selecting second, and so forth with the order repeating in rounds until the end. Should a team run out of players on their list, fail to submit a list, run out of pro roster spots, run out of total rosters spots, or run out of salary cap space at any point in the waiver draft they will no longer be permitted to make a selection and be removed from the waiver draft. The waiver draft will end when all teams have been removed.
Trades- You can trade for players, prospects, draft picks or cash. Teams cannot trade for future considerations of any type. Both sides of the trade must post the trade on the league message board before it will be processed. Both posts must have the exact same trade within 72 hours. Also, if any team is deemed to have agreed to a trade with another GM, but then refuses to post it, this will result in a fine or possible expulsion from the league if it is proven by the Commissioner that a GM did back out of a trade he or she had agreed to.
If a player is placed on waivers, he cannot be traded until after he comes off waivers. If a team trades a player, and then places him on waivers after the trade but before the player is moved to his new team, the player will be removed from waivers.
Trading to Stock a Team or Tank a Season- If any two or more teams are thought to be conducting a trade or trades in order to stock one team with talent or to tank a season or seasons, the offending GM’s will be expelled from the WCHL and the trades will be voided.
Trade Deadline- The trade deadline is after 77 per cent of the regular season has been played. Any trades sent in after the deadline will be processed after the playoffs are concluded.
Players in the Minors- Players on the Farm will make 10 per cent of their pro salary.
Free Agency- There is two types of free agents: Restricted and Unrestricted. If a player is 29 or older and his contract has expired, he is an unrestricted free agent. If a player is younger than 29, he is a restricted free agent. The Commissioner will post a date for when players’ ages will be used to determine UFA/RFA status at the start of the season. All offers on extensions for free agents, both UFA and RFA, go to the player agent during the regular season. There will be open bidding on all of the free agents at the end of the playoffs. The limit on contract length is one to five years with a year is defined as one WCHL season. The minimum signing salary is $650,000. Teams cannot bid on their own RFA's during free agency. If a player reaches the end of the third round of the playoffs and teams have not resigned the RFA player by this point they cannot bid on their player again until after the off-season is completed (both free agency periods are done). Teams can still match offers if the player accepts an offer from another team.
Teams can go over the salary cap for the off-season, but will have to be back under the salary cap prior to the waiver draft.
All players who are eligible to be UFA’s after the season will have a ‘random roll’ conducted, using the random number generator at www.random.org. If a player rolls a 98, 99 or 100 out of 100 different numbers, he will elect to go automatically to free agency and ignore any offers from whichever teams owns him, including if he is later traded to a different team. All random rolls will be done prior to the season.
All UFA’s will be signed in the off-season free agency unless player meets all of the following criteria; (1) He is 21 years of age or older, (2) He is playing in a professional hockey league in North America (3) His rights are not owned by any NHL club (4) His rights are not owned by any WCHL club. The Commissioner reserves the right to by-pass these criteria and send a player to open bidding mid-season should a player unexpectedly become a UFA such as through a buyout.
UFA Player demands- Players agents will provide a list of player demands for all UFA’s prior to the start of UFA to provide a guideline for what the players are looking for in a contract. Players are not restricted to signing with teams who meet those requirements, and can sign with another team if the Player Agent feels it presents a better offer.
No Movement Clause/No Trade Clause- Players can be offered a No Movement Clause (NMC) as part of contract negotiations. If a player has a No Movement Clause this means the player cannot be traded, waived or demoted to the minor leagues, unless the players’ agent agrees to do so. Outside of the Player Agent waiving a NMC, the only other way to move a player with a NMC is to buy him out of his contract. See ‘Buying Out a Player’ for more information on how to do this.
Teams can also offer players a No Trade Clause (NTC). A NTC prevents a team from trading a player but they can assign him to the minor league team. A player agent can waive a NTC as well.
Once a Player Agent waives a players clause, it is waived permanently and will not carry forward with the player to his new team. Only the GM of the team that has the player can request the player waive his No Movement Clause.
Players with a No Movement Clause are ineligible to go the farm under any circumstance, including the Waiver Draft.
A formula has been established to determine the cost for a
player to waive his NTC or NMC:
Four factors should weigh into the cost of a player waiving his No Trade Clause; 1) Number of years left on his contract, including the current season, 2) The players age, 3) The overall ranking of the team he's going to and 4) The overall ranking of the team he's leaving.
Numerical value is given to each of those four criteria. For number of years left on the contract (Factor 1), this formula only applies for players with two or more years left on his contract. Those in the final year of their deal have a different formula. For the players age (Factor 2) it is inverse. Anyone 39 or older gets the numerical value of 1 and anyone younger than 39 sees that number value go up one per year (38 =2, 37=3, 36=4, etc.) to a maximum of 22 for age 18. For the overall ranking of the team the player would be going to (Factor 3), this reflects the overall ranking of the acquiring team at the moment the trade is processed. For the overall ranking of the team he's leaving (Factor 4) it would again be inverse, meaning the 30th ranked team would be valued at 1 and each team higher in the overall rankings the number would go higher, with the top ranked team being valued at 30. For factors 3) and 4), if in the off-season then the last seasons standings will be used.
The formula is Factor 1 x Factor 2 x Factor 3 x Factor 4 x 1,000
Here's a few examples of the formula:
Player X has 5 years left on his deal and is traded from the top ranked team in the league (value of 30) to the worst team in the league (value of 30) and is 18 years old (value of 22) the score would come out at 99,000
Player Y has 2 years left on his deal and is traded from the bottom ranked team in the league (value of 1) to the best team in the league (value of 1) and is 39 years old (value of 1) the score would come out at 2
Player Z has 3 years left on his deal and is traded from the 14th overall ranked team in the league (value of 16) to the 10th overall team in the league (value of 10) and is 29 years old (value of 11) the score would come out at 5,280
Now, according to the formula, all scores are multiplied by 1,000. This number equals to the cost to buy the player out.
So Player x would = $99 million, Player Y would = $1 million (see reasoning below) and player Z would = $5.28 million
Notes about the formula:
-The minimum buyout is $1 million
-The buyout can only be used if the agent gives approval for the No Trade Clause to be waived. The agent retains full right to refuse to waive a NTC.
-An additional 10 per cent is added onto a buyout if it is a No Movement Clause being bought out.
For the trade involving Andrew Ladd between Carolina and Calgary using the formula mentioned above (and using their current rankings no as the rankings of the day of the trade can't be reproduced without extensive work) the formula would have been:
Andrew Ladd: 5 years left, 31 years old (value of 9) going to Calgary (value of 9) leaving Carolina (value of 13) = 5,265. Multiplied by 1,000 it would equate to $5.265 million. Add in an addition 10 per cent for it being a No Movement Clause ($526,500), total cost is $5,791,500
As I'm sure some (including myself) would say this is to little of a price to pay, this is where the second clause kicks in, saying its up to the agent if it gets waived at all and the agent could simply refuse to waive the clause. The formula however would prevent teams from offering more or agents from demanding more.
The absolute maximum for a contract to be waived is $108.9 million and the least is $1 million
For players in the final year of the deal they would want more control on where they are going as they would likely only waive to go to a team that's clearly in the post-season, so the percentage of the season that is left would be factored in. Formula would be the same with the percentage of the season remaining added in and the escalator reduced from 1,000 to 100:
The formula is Factor 1 x Factor 2 x Factor 3 x Factor 4 x percentage of the season left represented in full numerical value X 100
Factor 1 is always a value of 1 as it is a UFA to be.
For example, Andrew Ladd with 1 year left on his deal at age 31 (value of 9) getting traded to Calgary (value of 9) from Carolina (Value of 13) with 35 percent of the season remaining (value of 35) = $3.6855 million. Add in the 10 per cent for it being a No Movement Clause and the buy out for the final year would have been $4,054,050.
The formula makes it beneficial to trade a player up in the standings and makes older player more willing to waive for less than a younger player would as younger players do have a greater chance of having more shots at the cup.
The calculation is done at the time the trade is processed.
The agent retains full authority on if a NTC/NMC is waived. The formula is only used if the agent grants permission for the NTC/NMC to be waived.
UFA Timeframe- There are two free agency periods, each lasting five days. In the first period, players with the last name starting with letters A through M are available. The second period covers players in N through Z.
For unrestricted free agents all teams are limited to one bid per player and they submit those bids to the respective agent (defensemen and goalies to Patrick Matthews and forwards to Andrew Don). The agent then could pick the top two bidders and offer them the chance to submit a second improved bid before the agent decides where the player signs. All other teams will be notified they are out of the running. Agents will not give a reason for why any team is eliminated or selected. Each bid to a player must come in a separate email.
Players who can be signed outside of free agency-
Teams are free to sign any of their prospects of their prospect list at any
point in the season. The only other players who are not in the league that a
team may sign outside of the free agency period must meet all four of the
following criteria at the point a request to sign said player is submitted to
-The player must not be on any other WCHL teams prospect list, pro team or farm
-The player must be playing professional hockey in North America
-The player must be 21 or older
-The player must not be affiliated with a NHL team (contract or rights)
Teams Signing UFA’s Must Keep Them for at least Half a Season- UFA’s that sign with a team do so on the belief they will be playing for that team. The UFA must be with the team that signed him for at least 41 games (half a season) before he can be traded. He doesn’t have to play all 41 games, but he has to stay with the team until the team has played at least 41 games.
RFA’s- RFA’s have the right to shop their services to other teams. However, the team that holds the RFA’s rights has the right to match any bid on the player or receive compensation if the RFA signs with another team. During free agency teams cannot bid on their own RFA’s. Below is a list of draft pick compensation if a team decides not to match an offer sheet. This compensation chart will follow existing NHL standards unless otherwise stated by the commissioner.
Cap Hit of offer sheet
Draft Pick Compensation
$1,110,249 or below
Over $1,110,249 to $1,682,194
Over $1,682,194 to $3,364,391
Over $3,364,391 to $5,046,585
First-round and third-round pick
Over $5,046,585 to $6,728,781
First-round, second-round and third-round pick
Over $6,728,781 to $8,410,976
Two first-round picks, second-round pick, third-round pick
Four first-round picks
Draft picks must be from upcoming draft years. If the compensation is four 1st round draft picks for example, there must be at least one first round pick from the nearest draft, at least one from the second nearest draft, etc. until all draft picks are awarded. If a team has four first round picks in the upcoming draft, all four will be used as compensation. If the compensation calls for picks from different rounds, the picks must come from the nearest draft year. For example, if the compensation is a 1st round draft pick and a 3rd round draft pick, both picks must come from the nearest draft year. If the compensation were to be two 1st round picks and a 3rd round pick, one 1st round pick and the 3rd round draft pick must come from the nearest draft year and the second 1st round pick can come from the next draft year (or from the nearest draft year if the acquiring team has two 1sts in the nearest draft year). If the team making the bid has multiple picks which would qualify as compensation, the team losing the player gets to select which picks are to be used as compensation.
If a RFA has a bid in free agency that is accepted by an agent, the team that holds the players rights cannot trade the player until after deciding if they will match the bid or not. Teams will have 72 hours to match the offer or take the compensation. If the team does not make a decision by the time the 72 hour period expires they are forced to accept the compensation. If the team declines to match the bid the player is automatically transferred to the bidding team.
The ‘Ryan O’Reilly Rule’- A RFA that is signed by another team has an automatic one season No Trade Clause applied to his contract.
Pulling Bids- Any bid on an RFA or UFA during free agency that is pulled will result in a $500,000 fine. For each additional bid that is pull, the fine will rise by an additional $500,000 (IE, 1st pulled bid = $500,000, 2nd pulled bid= $1 million, 3rd pulled bid= $1,500,000 mill, and so forth). A team cannot pull a bid on a player and continue to bid further on said player without permission from the Commissioner.
Qualifying RFA’s- All RFA’s are automatically qualified for the team, unless the team wishes to leave an RFA unqualified, thus allowing the player to become an UFA. The team must state they wish to allow an RFA to become a UFA however. Qualifying offers must be submitted to the player agents no later than the end of the second round of the playoffs. The end of the second round of the playoffs will be defined as when winners of all series in the second round (pro and farm) are determined. Player agents must declare which players accept their qualifying offers no later than the end of third round of the playoffs. The end of the third round of the playoffs will be defined as when winners of all series in the third round (pro and farm) are determined. A RFA must be given a 10 per cent raise if they make less than $1 million in order to retain their rights. If they make $1 million or more then they can be offered the same salary for the qualifying offer. If the player is making under $1 million but a 10 per cent raise would bump him above $1 million, the qualifying offer is capped at $1 million. Agents are free to settle for contracts that do not met these standards, this rule is only for the purpose of retaining a RFA’s rights.
Player Salary Cap- The player salary cap will be 20 per cent of the overall team salary cap.
Players not in NHL maximum salary- In the absence of an NHL salary, the player cannot make more than double the league minimum salary. This doesn’t apply to a player who has played in the NHL the previous season but is just currently without a contract in the NHL or any other league.
Hold Outs- Agents (with the approval of the Commissioner) will issue a player holdout in extreme situations, usually defined as a player being assigned to the farm, when there are clearly less talented individuals on the pro team, getting approximately equal playing time/depth position. A two-week hold out would be initiated where the player would demand to be promoted, or traded. At the end of the two weeks the agent would make note (thus worsening the chances at resigning other players) and the player would refuse to resign with the team. This applies only to players who are waiver exempt (24 or younger).
Retiring players could refuse demotion- Agents are permitted to prevent a player from going to the farm in a retirement situation. This rule is called the ‘final year clause,’ and is solely for players who have retired in real life, but not yet in the WCHL. It would stop these guys from going to the minors as it’s unlikely a player would want to finish his last season in the minors. We will assume that anyone that has retired in the NHL but notin the WCHL has essentially declared their intentions to retire at the end of the season in the WCHL. Both agents would need to approve a players demand to refuse to go to the minors. If said ‘real life’ retired player is assigned to the farm by his team, the agents can jump in and say he refuses to go. The team can then either keep him on the pro team or not. If they elect not to keep him on the pro team, the player is waived. If the player is claimed, he goes to the claiming team, who then also has to keep him up on the pro roster. If he isn’t claimed, then the player can be released at no cost (essentially a mutually agreed termination of the contract) and whichever agent responsible can post him to the message board and take in contract offers, which will all be one year contracts with a no movement clause and the agent can send him to the best team in their opinion. If there are no offers, the player is retired immediately. If a retiring player is on the team of an agent, the agent will be removed from the discussion on whether to use the 'Retiring player could refuse demotion', with the commissioner replacing said agent.
European returnee rule- Make it so any player who in real life goes to Europe after he has played professional hockey in North America can be automatically moved to the prospect list of the WCHL team he plays for. The player in question will be eligible to remain on the prospect list until the age of 29. This will be considered ‘keeping his rights.’ If the player returns to a North American professional hockey league before the age of 29, he will have to be re-created before the beginning of the WCHL season after he has returned to North America or be allowed to leave as an unrestricted free agent. If a team owns his rights, said player can be re-created at any point during the current season. If not created he must go to UFA. If the player becomes eligible to be recreated only after the WCHL trade deadline is passed, he can be recreated but not actually placed on the teams’ roster until after the season (including playoffs) is over. Again, if he isn't created before the end of the season, he goes straight to UFA. Regardless of age.
For any player who is under the age of 25, as determined by the age date supplied by the league each season, he can be left on the prospect list as a prospect with the requirements for activating a prospect applicable. Any European prospect at the age of 25 cannot be kept on the prospect list for ‘keeping his rights’ unless he had played in a professional hockey league in North America previous to turning 25 years of age.
ACHL only contracts (farm only contracts) – In order to fill farm teams to be able to ice a full line up, teams are able to sign up to five players to farm only contracts. This means the players signed to such a deal will only be eligible to play for the farm team and are not property of the WCHL club. They cannot be recalled to the pro roster. Players on ACHL only contracts cannot be claimed in the waiver draft, however if another team wants a player on an ACHL only contract they can contact a player agent to sign said player. A player will only accept an ACHL only deal if the player agent agrees to the contract.
Contract Extensions and Signing Bonuses- Teams can also offer signing bonuses to resign players. Teams can offer a signing bonus of as much as 25 per cent of the contract. IE: If you offer a player a five year contract at $5 million per season, that equals $25 million over the life of the contract. You can add a signing bonus of 25 per cent of that amount (in this case that would be $6.25 million) to the offer. This applies to all contracts except rookie contracts or veteran UFA's signed outside of free agency. Signing bonuses don't count against the salary cap and would be just deducted from a team’s bank account.
Once a player signs a contract extension, the salary of that extension will take affect the following season. Other items on that contract however, such as but not limited to No Trade Clauses and No Movement Clauses, will take effect immediately after the contract is approved by the Commissioner. Once the contract is posted to the website, either under the players information on the teams roster or on the message board, it is deemed as approved by the Commissioner.
UFA Contract Extension Period- UFA’s to be will only be willing to talk about a contract extension over the final half of the regular season. In other words, from game forty-one of your teams’ season until the playoffs start. Once the playoffs start, any unsigned UFA’s will be testing the market.
Agents- For defensemen and goaltenders, the Player Agent is Patrick Matthews (Pittsburgh Penguins GM) firstname.lastname@example.org For forwards, the Player Agent is Andrew Don (New York Rangers GM) email@example.com When submitting an offer to a player to an agent GM’s must wait five consecutive days following submitting of a contract offer to a player agent before requesting further follow up. If agents are away or otherwise unavailable the five days doesn't begin until they return or are available once again.
Salary Arbitration- In the event a contract can't be agreed to between the Player Agent and the team, a team can request salary arbitration. Salary arbitration is limited to only RFA players who are 25 or older. Arbitration would be argued before the Commissioner.
Waivers- When sending a player to the farm team, if they are 25 years of age or older they are subject to waivers. It is the GM’s responsibility to see if a player is subject to having to clear waivers or not. When a player is placed on waivers, other teams have 48 hours to claim the player. The order of claim will be the worst team first, as of the end of the 48-hour period. As well, to claim a player, you must have room on your pro roster and the required cap space for that player, as any claimed player is placed on the claiming teams pro roster immediately.
Prospects- If you wish to sign a prospect, you will be required to find some information on the player and up to date statistics for the player so we can create him. You will then e-mail the name of the player, along with the information and statistics to the Commissioner. The amount a prospect will sign for is dependent on the round in which a player was drafted in the NHL draft.
This is the pay scale for signing draft picks:
1st round pick: $925,000
2nd round pick: $881,250
3rd round pick: $837,500
4th round pick: $793,750
5th round pick: $750,000
6th round pick: $706,250
7th round pick: $662,500
Players who sign their first contract at age 18-21 are required to sign three-year Entry Level contracts; players age 22-23 will be required to sign two-year deals; and players age 24 or older will be required to sign a one-year Entry Level contract.
All UFA prospects (prospects that are 21 or older and are not selected in a yet to be held NHL entry draft for the WCHL or on any WCHL roster or prospect list) will sign for $650,000 per year. The player will be immediately created and placed on your teams pro roster, not stored on your prospect list. If a team wishes to sign an undrafted player on his 21st birthday date, that player will take the full day to take in offers. The ‘full day’ is defined as 12:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. (24 hours) Central Standard Time. If there is any dispute regarding time of the submitted request between a GM and the Commissioner, the Commissioners determination of the time the request was submitted will be used.
In rare occasions, a player will go undrafted until he’s past the age of 21 and then he will get drafted by a NHL team. If that happens and a team has already signed him as a UFA prospect, he will be immediately released at no cost to the team and will be reserved for selection in the Entry Draft, whichever one he was taken in in the NHL.
Any prospect that has played 30 or more NHL games (including playoff games) must be created by the end of the current WCHL season in play or be allowed to walk as a UFA. Additionally, any prospect who turns 25 will be made a UFA if not signed by the end of the current WCHL season in which he turned 25. The same date used to determine when a player is UFA as outlined under ‘Free Agency’ will be used to determine when a player is 25. Any prospect that turns 25 but has spent his entire career to that point since being drafted in Europe cannot be signed or created and will be released at the end of the WCHL season in which he turns 25.
Awards- At the end of each season, awards will be handed out. With each piece of hardware comes a monetary award as well. These are the amounts received by the team that has the winner of the following awards:
Hart Trophy: Given to the player deemed to be the player of the year. Award: $2 million
Conn Smythe: Given to the player deemed to be the best player of the playoffs. Award: $1.5 million
Vezina: Given to the best goaltender in the regular season. Award: $1.5 million.
Rocket Richard: Given to the player with the most goals in the regular season. Award: $1 million
Art Ross: Given to the player with the most points in the regular season. Award: $2 million
Ray Bourque Award (+/-): Given to the player with the best plus/minus in the regular season. Award: $500,000
Selke: Given to the forward deemed to have shown the best two-way performance. Award: $1 million
Jennings: Given to the team with the lowest goals against average (GAA). Award: $500,000
Calder: Given to the best first year player during the regular season. Award: $500,000.
Norris: Given to the best defenseman in the regular season. Award: $1.5 million.
WCHL/WCHLPA Award of Excellence: Given to the best player on a team that missed the playoffs: Award: $1 million.
General Manager of the Year Award: This will be awarded to the General Manager deemed to have done the best job over the season. Award: $1 million
1st and 2nd All-Star Teams: Voting of the first and second all-star teams will be done via a league wide vote of General Managers. Teams with a first team all-star will receive $500,000 per position. Teams with a second team all-star receive $250,000 per position.
The Entry Draft will be held after every second WCHL season. This is so the
WCHL draft can be in sync with the NHL draft as two WCHL seasons are simmed per calendar year. The draft will be seven rounds
long. Any player taken in the WCHL Entry Draft must have been picked in that
corresponding year's NHL draft. The draft order will be determined using all 30
teams' combined point totals over the two seasons. The team with the least
amount of combined points over the two seasons gets 1st pick, next fewest gets
2nd pick and so forth. The results of the Draft Lottery (as described below)
can impact this order for the first round of the draft.
The draft is conducted via e-mail and teams will be given 24-hours to make their pick. If a team times out on their selection, that team will be given auto picks (defined as the highest drafted player from the NHL draft of the same year still available). Teams who are left to auto pick can still submit a list to the Commissioner who will draft on your behalf.
As always, draft lists can be submitted to a proxy (which must be another GM in the league) to draft on your behalf.
Draft Lottery- There is a draft lottery, which will follow the NHL’s draft lottery. The Commissioner will conduct the draft lottery during the playoffs and only the top 14 draft picks will be involved in the lottery. The winner will move to the first overall pick, and the move will only apply to the first round. The odds of winning the lottery are as follows:
1st pick: 25 per cent chance of winning
2nd pick: 18.8 per cent chance of winning
3rd pick: 14.2 per cent chance of winning
4th pick: 10.7 per cent chance of winning
5th pick: 8.1 per cent chance of winning
6th pick: 6.2 per cent chance of winning
7th: 4.7 per cent chance of winning
8th: 3.6 per cent chance of winning
9th pick: 2.7 per cent chance of winning
10th pick: 2.1 per cent chance of winning
11th pick: 1.5 per cent chance of winning
12th: 1.1 per cent chance of winning
13th: 0.8 per cent chance of winning
14th: 0.5 per cent chance of winning
*NOTE* The Draft Lottery will change in accordance with the NHL’s draft lottery for the drafts the NHL uses those changes.
Team Relocation- WCHL teams can only move when an NHL team moves. The WCHL will relocate such a team when this occurs.