The NHL and CHL have fixed an issue with how junior players are recalled to the NHL.
Normally drafted CHL players attend their teams training camps and either get cut and return to junior or if they earn a spot, remain with their NHL teams. The potential lockout messes with this system as NHL training camps will not start on time or perhaps at all.
The former CHL-NHL agreement stated that a drafted CHL player cannot be recalled to their NHL team after being sent down except for an emergency recall due to insufficient NHL roster players. This is why, for example, the Flames couldn’t keep Sven Bartschi for their stretch drive despite the scoring rampage he went on during his emergency recall. Normally once a player starts the regular season in the CHL, often after the 9 game tryout NHL teams are allowed without counting a contract year, that’s it, they’ve been committed to the CHL for the year.
Concern for this rule is speculated to be the reason 1st round pic Nail Yakupov is looking at playing in Europe this year if the NHL doesn’t start in time. Sven Bartschi, Alex Galchenyuk, Ryan Murray and Dougie Hamilton are other junior stars that were speculated to potentially make the NHL this year that would be kept down under the old rules if the NHL goes through with a lockout.
Also of interest to Habs fans, the NHL and NHLPA has set up a waiver window, which will allow movement of veteran AHLers to play in the NHL without chance of being poached like defenseman Francois Beauchemin was stolen by Columbus.