Flyers can't trade Tony D quite yet. Seems like the NHL just needs to rule that there is nothing funny going on (I assume the rule is meant to keep teams from secretly agreeing to trade someone back at the time of the first trade). But not sure I understand "calendar year." D'Angelo hasn't been on the Canes' roster in 2023. I guess it must mean the past 12 months and the problem is that means the Flyers couldn't acquire anything in this year's draft.
"under no circumstances may a Club reacquire, as part of a Retained Salary Transaction, the contract of a player who was on that Club's Reserve List within the past calendar year."
Here's LeBrun's original reporting:
There’s language in the CBA about a player returning within 12 months, especially on a retained salary, as being possible circumvention.
I believe both the Flyers and Hurricanes have argued with the league about this, saying: 1) His contract wasn’t even signed with Carolina; it was Philadelphia that signed him last summer to a two-year, $10 million deal. And 2) Chuck Fletcher was the GM who traded for DeAngelo and signed him, and he’s no longer there — so how could any of this be a circumvention?
My understanding is that the league will talk to the teams this week in Nashville about it. Either the league will sign off on it or it will want the teams to wait until July 9 to complete the trade, following the 12 months rule. If that’s the case, who knows if the current proposed trade still works for both teams. So stay tuned on that one.