January 6th, 2010, 2:50 pm
It’s been only a matter of days since Doug and I went up to Stockton to check out the Thunder of the ECHL, and reported glowingly in a recent podcast. Today, the Sharks announce they have entered into a working arrangement with the Thunder for the rest of the season. This coming on the heels of Jason Demers being sent there recently- here’s the always-thorough Sharkspage rundown. Can it be merely coincidence that the Dudes plan a trip, publicize said trip, go to the game, report positively on the quality of the arena and franchise, and have the Sharks enter into a business agreement only days later? Of course it’s a coincidence, what are ya, nuts?
Because I’m crazy like that, I remember something about the ECHL from reading the current CBA, here’s a passage that applies to Demers:
9.7 Loans to East Coast Hockey League. Players who are party to an Entry Level SPC may be Loaned to the East Coast Hockey League (“ECHL”) without the requirement of Player consent, provided the Player will continue to be paid the stated amount of the AHL portion of his two-way SPC in the Native Currency of the NHL Club.
Here’s a corollary, implied by the above:
13.11 No Loans to East Coast Hockey League. A Player who is not in the Entry Level System may not be Loaned to the East Coast Hockey League without his consent.
So the moral of this story is that Demers, McLaren, and McGinn could all be easily sent to Stockton instead of Worchester for the rest of the year with little fuss. And since the Sharks seem to be fans of sending players places for single digit days, it’ll be easier (and cheaper) to make them drive 75 miles than fly 3000.