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Report: Taking coaches, hockey ops personnel from another team will cost draft pick in future

Jun 27, 2014, 9:02 AM EDT

Bill Peters AP

Whenever a team is looking to hire a new head coach or general manager, it’s common for them to interview people that already work for another organization. Such an interview can only happen if the franchise the person has a contract with approves, but generally teams won’t stand in the way of their coaches and hockey operations personnel advancing their careers.

In the future though, it might cost you to take another team’s talent, according to CBC’s Elliotte Friedman.

The NHL has approved a new policy that would require teams hiring a new head coach, general manager, or president of hockey operations to compensate the team that person was working for. Typically, the level of compensation would be something in the range of a single third-round pick in one of the subsequent three drafts.

For a franchise like the Detroit Red Wings, which has surrendered a lot of talent over the years, this change should be a welcome one. GM Ken Holland complained in April that he didn’t want to be a “development team for other people,” per the Detroit News.

Despite that, he recently surrendered assistant coach Bill Peters so that he could become the Carolina Hurricanes’ bench boss.

  1. JoeAvg - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    I hope the job descriptions aren’t as concrete in the policy as they are in this article.

    “He’s not our head coach he’s our on-ice, in-game coordinator.”

  2. mshantz22 - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    I love the idea. Kinda wish they implemented it earlier.

  3. adamal17 - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    As a Wings fan this would be great. It really does piss me off as a fan that once we get someone that started off as basically a nobody or a coach revitalizing their career under Babcock that they get taken within three years of coaching under him or one of Ken Hollands under study’s get turned in to a GM or President of hockey opps within four years. The Wings finally fought back this year with Jeff Blashil and denied four teams the right to talk to him. Two years ago no one…and I mean NO ONE knew who he was. It cost the Wings only a couple million dollars to give him an extension and a raise as a backup plan to keep him happy in case they part ways with Babs next summer. Fans of other teams may hate this idea but they should take a step back and put themselves in the other teams shoes before they poach a coach and realize how far back it could set a team when they lose an assistant coach that (Like Bill Peters) turned a defensive core of whose who’s (Kindl, Lashoff and a rookie DeKeyser) along with a group of rookies in to an amazing penalty killing machine and amazing two way forwards only to be taken away so they have to start from scratch. The Wings, Hawks, Habs, Kings, Rangers, Devils, Blues and Sharks need to be taken care of for (like Holland said) being a development program from front office and coaching for other teams. Being punished for being a great program where people learn is BS…so hopefully other programs will start to do their own homework and develop from within. There is my rant for the month of June. So bring on all the idiots from other teams that hate this idea.

    • therealjr - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:31 AM

      I’m going to laugh my ass off when the Red Wings are the first team to pay the draft pick after Babcock leaves.

      • adamal17 - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:45 AM

        Congrats! You’re idiot number one! The Wings won’t pay any draft pick…even if Babs leaves. Jeff Blashil will be the next head coach if that happens. If you think otherwise then ask yourself why he’s been the ONLY coach in their system the Wings have denied to let anyone talk to in the past 18 years…The only way that happens is if the Ilitches tell Holland they don’t want to renew his contract next year…so while pigs are flying and hell freezes over, let me know how that goes.

      • therealjr - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:48 AM

        So you have your coach in waiting, what is the big deal with letting these other guys go? That’s the way sports / THE WORLD works. And fell free to class up, friend.

    • dueman - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:46 AM

      There are a lot more teams than what you mentioned that lose, or have lost coaching, or management associates. I’m willing to bet that every team has been affected by this kind of situation at some time. So quit acting like the Wings have some kind of special, as you put it, “developmental program” for coaches and management personnel. I’m sure that every team has some great personnel working for them…

      • dueman - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:48 AM

        But I do like the sound of that new rule…

      • adamal17 - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:43 PM

        I didn’t single out the wings at all…the teams I listed have a coach or front office personnel (scouts, assistant GM’s or player devel.) taken every year. I pointed out (as the writer did…with just the wings) the distinct group of teams that have someone taken the most. What most people dont see with this (like “therealjr”) is that the only other major sport that has a development league is baseball…and no one cares about baseball (when hockey is on). So when you poach an assistant GM, AHL coach or another player development guy (like the Wings Jiri Fisher) you affect the entire team and their affiliates. Football and Basketball you only affect one team or a specific portion of that team (special teams, offence or defense). So this would make teams promote from within more…which is how most of the GOOD and GREAT companies/people/organizations work, “therealjr”….oh and learn to spell.
        troll out!

  4. chanceoffleury - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    If the new team gets rid of the guy before the 3 years is up would the other team still have to pay up?

    • chanceoffleury - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:56 AM

      I meant would the other team still get to keep the pick. I was going to say would the new team still have to pay up but then mixed the 2 wordings. Oops!

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