LGHL Article III : Rosters and Transactions

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    Article III : Rosters and Transactions - NHL - AHL

    Section One : Roster Assignment and Restrictions
    -- : 1.1 Sign Ups

    -- : 1.2 Salary Cap
    -- : 1.3 What Counts Towards The Salary Cap

    -- : 1.4 Exceeding the Salary Cap
    -- : 1.5 Roster and Positional Limits and Restrictions

    -- : 1.6 Free Agent Bidding
    -- : 1.6.1 Free Agent Bidding Process

    -- : 1.6.2 Bidding Restrictions
    -- : 1.7 Player Contracts

    -- : 1.7.1 Contract Distribution
    -- : 1.7.2 Contract Restrictions

    Section Two : Player Status Definitions

    -- : 2.1 Understanding Player Status
    -- : 2.2 Veteran Status (V)

    -- : 2.3 Amateur Status (A)
    -- : 2.4 Prospect Status (P)

    -- : 2.5 Random Assignment (RA)
    -- : 2.6 Drafted Player (DP)

    Section Three : Seasonal Transactions and Restrictions

    -- : 3.1 Seasonal Ban Requirements
    -- : 3.1.2 Seasonal Ban Procedures

    -- : 3.1.3 Capital Punishment
    -- : 3.1.4 Seasonal Ban Appeal (Player)

    -- : 3.1.5 Seasonal Ban Appeal (Manager/Owners)
    -- : 3.1.6 Seasonal Ban Punishment

    -- : 3.1.7 Seasonal Ban Buyouts (Website buyouts)
    ---: 3.1.8 Understanding the Strike System

    ---: 3.1.9 Definitions
    -- : 3.2 Buyout Requirements

    -- : 3.2.1 Buyout Procedures
    -- : 3.2.2 Buyout Restrictions

    -- : 3.3 Waiver Wire / Send Downs
    -- : 3.3.1 Placing A Player On Waivers

    -- : 3.3.2 Claiming A Player Off Waivers
    -- : 3.3.3 Waiver Wire Restrictions

    -- : 3.3.4 Waiver Exceptions, Exceptions and Conditions for Conditional Waivers
    -- : 3.3.5 Transfer Wire

    -- : 3.3.6 Transfer Wire Restrictions
    -- : 3.3.7 New Owner Player Contract Opt Out

    -- : 3.4 Call Ups
    -- : 3.4.1 Full Time Call Ups

    -- : 3.4.2 Full Time Call Up Restrictions
    -- : 3.4.3 Emergency Call Ups (ECU)

    -- : 3.4.4 Emergency Call Up Restrictions
    -- : 3.5 Random Assignment

    -- : 3.5.1 Player Assignment
    -- : 3.5.2 Player Assignment Restrictions

    -- : 3.5.3 Player Rights Assignment
    -- : 3.5.4 Player Rights Assignment Restrictions

    -- : 3.6 Trading
    -- : 3.6.1 Trade Deadline

    -- : 3.6.2 Submitting Trades
    -- : 3.6.3 Trade Restrictions

    -- : 3.6.4 Trade Compensation Criteria
    -- : 3.6.5 Trade Compensation Procedures

    -- : 3.6.6 League Trade Reversal
    -- : 3.6.7 Trade Requests

    -- : 3.6.8 Trade Request Restrictions
    -- : 3.7 Management Seasonal Promotions

    Section Four : Off-Season Transactions and Restrictions

    -- : 4.1 Re-signs
    -- : 4.1.1 Resign Restrictions

    -- : 4.1.2 Sign And Trades
    -- : 4.2 Off-Season Trades

    -- : 4.3 Off-Season Transfer Wire
    -- : 4.4 Off-Season Waiver Wire

    -- : 4.5 Retirement
    -- : 4.6 Management Selection

    -- : 4.7 NHL Entry Draft
    -- : 4.7.1 Draft Eligibility

    -- : 4.7.2 Draft Process

    Section One : Roster Assignment and Restrictions

    1.1: Sign-Ups

    • Players who sign up after all bidding sessions are completed will be randomly assigned. Randomly assigned players have called up restrictions. Reference section 3.4.4 in this post.
    • During the Playoffs, the signs ups for the following season are open.
    • Veteran and Amateur free agent players who sign up before NHL Bidding are eligible for NHL bidding.
    • Veteran and Amateur free agents who sign up during NHL bidding will be eligible for AHL and CHL Bidding.
    • All Prospect (brand new players) players are only eligible for CHL bidding.

    Best Practice Recommendation :
    • Ensure that once you have signed up, the position selected if your correct position. Prior to bidding, players will be eligible to change their position by accessing the Action Center.
    1.2: Salary Cap

    • NHL Salary Cap: 35 Million
    • AHL Salary Cap: 25 Million
    • CHL Salary Cap: 25 Million

    1.3: What Counts Towards The Salary Cap

    • All seventeen players listed on the roster, their salaries will count towards the cap.
    • When a player is serving a suspension, their salary will count towards the cap.
    • NHL AGMs salary will count towards the cap. AHL "second" AGM's salary will count towards the cap.
    • When a player is on IR, that player's salary counts towards his or her team's salary cap.

    1.4: Exceeding the Salary Cap

    • Teams are eligible to make a transaction (call up, send down, waiver claim, trade, etc) that would put their roster over the salary cap.
    • Once a team is over the salary cap, that team is required to make an additional transaction, prior to the start of their next scheduled game, to ensure the team's roster is not in violation.

    Best Practice Recommendation :
    • Review roster daily to ensure that the team's salary cap is within the restrictions listed above. It is extremely important NHL and AHL management to communicate among one another when call ups or send downs to occur to ensure one transaction does not cause one of the rosters to be in violation.
    1.5: Roster - Positional Limits Restrictions and Exceptions
    • Each NHL and AHL roster may only carry a maximum of seventeen Players on his or her active roster! Out of those seventeen Players, there must be only a maximum of nine forwards, six defense, and two goalies.
    • Forwards are only eligible to play a forward position(C-LW-RW)
    • The defense is only eligible to play a defensive position(LD-RD)
    • Goalies are only eligible to play goalie(G)
    • Each organization is only eligible to carry at maximum two members of Staff (Commissioner Staff or BOG) on their active roster.
    • A team is eligible to be under the roster limit as long as the team has enough cap space to fill their roster with a league minimum contract(s). Therefore 16 player rosters must have a minimum 500k in cap space. 15 players would require 1 million in cap space.
    • A team is eligible to be OVER the roster limit and or salary cap as long as the team meets the roster restriction requirement prior to their next scheduled regular season or playoff game.
    • A Player being used as an ECU does not count against the roster limit or salary cap, and can also play any position.
    • A player on waivers does not count towards the cap
    1.6: Free Agent Bidding

    Bidding is a system created to allow for Managers to assign a value to each Player as well as fill their roster needs for the following season.

    1.6.1: Free Agent Bidding Process
    • Prior to NHL and AHL bidding beginning, the Owners are given the option to which members of their management team will be given access to the bidding session.
      • NHL Owners will ONLY have access to AHL bidding IF their AHL GM allows them access.
    • Owners must also ensure their Managers (NHL and AHL) have their positions set prior to the start of bidding. Failure to do so will result in the manager playing the position he or she played in their previous season.
    • Also prior to bidding, each team is given a predetermined amount of cap as well as roster spaces that can be filled during bidding. This is based on how many open roster spots are available, and how much current salary cap a team has prior to entering the bidding.
    • Once bidding begins, teams are eligible to start placing bids on Players they wish to acquire for their roster.
    • In the NHL and AHL, the minimum salary value a Player can have is $500,000 and the minimum bid increment that can be issued is $250,000.
    • After a bid has been placed it will expire ten hours later, unless another team outbids the current bid.
    • Once a bid has been outbid, the ten-hour clock resets.
    • The team with the highest bid on a Player when the ten-hour window expires will win the Player’s rights at the current salary they bid.
    Best Practice Recommendations
    • Scouting is the most effective way to determine the value of each Player in bidding.
    • Ensure the roster limits and restrictions are reviewed constantly during the bidding process
    • Prior to bidding, create a list of Players you wish to bid on. Also, ensure you list the maximum value that your team is willing to spend on each Player.
    • Use the LG Mobile app to bid on the fly when you are unable to access a computer
    • Be aware that during bidding, site traffic increases and it may cause a few slower load screens. Always ensure you bid once because any registered bid will be counted as a legit bid by the team who placed it.
    1.6.2: Bidding Restrictions
    • Teams are ineligible to exceed the cap during bidding.
    • Teams are ineligible to exceed the roster limit that is predetermined prior to bidding.
    • NHL Management is ineligible to bid for the AHL roster.
    • AHL management is ineligible to bid for the NHL roster.
    • Players who act in a manner that is deemed to circumvent bidding or to change the outcome of where they may end up can be removed and issued a seasonal ban by the League.
    • Rosters for the NHL and AHL are locked once NHL bidding begins and does not unlock until after AHL bidding.
    • Players have the ability to ask to removed from a living bidding session. Doing so will not allow the player to play the duration of the season in which he or she is removed. If a player has a pending bid and asks to be removed this will be deemed a ban.
    1.7: Player Contracts

    After bidding is completed, Management teams are issued a set number of contracts to distribute among the Players they won in bidding.

    1.7.1: Contract Distribution

    • The contract formula used by the NHL and AHL teams for contract distribution is as follows :
      • # of players won in bidding x 2 / 1.5.
    • One year deals issued do subtract from the total number of contracts
    • Contract distribution only allows a team to issue contracts to players currently won in bidding.
    • Teams who did not utilize all their resign in the off-season are able to issue additional contract years after bidding. Each team is only issued two resigns per season, therefore teams may ONLY issue a maximum of two additional contract years.

    1.7.2: Contract Restrictions
    • NHL and AHL Players must accept two year and three-year deal in order to make the contract offer official. Management is required to send the contract request via the Contract System located in the Front Office tool.
    • Once contracts are issued and accepted by the player they contract cannot be retracted.
    • Not all contract years are required to be issued.
    • Management with a salary value of $0, is ineligible to receive any additional contract years.
    • An offer sent by an Owner or Manager that is rejected by a player does give the Owner or Manager the opportunity to send that offer to another player
    Section Two: Player Status Definitions

    2.1: Understanding Player Statuses

    • Each player in the league is assigned a player status based on their career games.
    • The statuses assigned also determine the eligibility of each player.
    • Prior to bidding starting, each player will have their status adjusted based on the games played in the season previous to the current bidding session. This adjustment MAY NOT be reflected on our roster page AND MAY ONLY be visually reflected on our bidding lists
    • Players' statuses are not live updated during the course of a season. Below lists the criteria required for a player to change status' which only occurs at the beginning of the season prior to bidding going live.
    • Any player status concern needs to be addressed with site staff as soon as the issue is discovered.
    • A player shall transfer his or her status from the Xbox League to the PSN League and vice versa.

    2.2: Veteran Status (V)

    • Any player that has played 27 games or more in the LGHL is considered a veteran player.
    • Any player that has played 54 games or more in the LGAHL is considered a veteran player.
    • Veteran Players are eligible for NHL, AHL, and CHL bidding
    • Veteran Players must clear waivers when being sent down between Leagues.
    • Reference Article Three: 3.4.2 Call Up Restrictions for more details on what restrictions apply to veteran players.

    2.3: Amateur Status (A)

    There are three conditions that would make a player an amateur. Only ONE of these four conditions needs to be met, in order for a player to graduate from prospect to amateur. The conditions are:

    1. 48 games completed (seasonal or playoffs) in the CHL
    2. 10 games completed at the NHL level
    3. 10 games completed at the AHL level

    • The 48 game marker is new and is only considered the MAXIMUM amount of games a player can play in the CHL and retain prospect status. As soon as a player completes either of the other three conditions(10 NHL games,10 AHL games, or drafted), regardless of how many CHL games the player has, the player will be graduated to amateur status.
    • Amateur players are eligible for the NHL, AHL and CHL bidding sessions depending on when they sign up.
    • Amateur players are also waiver exempt when being sent from the NHL to the AHL.

    Reference Article Three: 3.4.2 Call Up Restrictions for more details on what restrictions apply to amateur players.

    2.4: Prospect Status (P)

    Prospect players are any player who has:

    • Less than 10 NHL games
    • Less than 10 AHL games
    • Less than 48 CHL games
    • Has yet to be Drafted
    During the process of achieving 48 games in the CHL, a prospect player will be entered into the draft every season, including the season whereby the 48th game is completed. On average the minimal time for a prospect player to acquire 48 CHL games would be about two complete seasons including playoffs. During those two seasons as an example, each prospect player who completes the season, and signs up for the following season WILL be entered into the NHL entry draft. This will allow a player a minimum of two shots at being drafted PRIOR to completing their 48 CHL games. If a player is drafted prior to completing 48 CHL games, the player WILL become an amateur player.

    Prospect players are the only players eligible for the NHL Entry Draft and CHL bidding.

    Reference Article Three: 3.4.2 Call Up Restrictions for more details on what restrictions apply to prospect players.

    2.5: Randomly Assigned (RA)

    • Once AHL bidding has begun, any player who signs up late for the season will be considered "Randomly assigned".
    • These randomly assigned players will have call-up limitations placed on them that will overrule any call-up restrictions that apply to their current player status (V, A, P).
    • Reference Article Three: 3.4.2 Call Up Restrictions for more details on what restrictions apply to randomly assigned players.
    • Also reference Article Three: 3.4.5 for ECU restrictions

    2.6: Drafted Players (DP)

    • Any prospect player who is selected in the NHL Entry Draft is granted a two-season contract and drafted player status(DP)
    • The drafted player status allows these players to be waiver exempt when being sent from the NHL to the AHL or from the AHL to the CHL.
    • If a drafted player completes the required amount of games listed above to become an amateur or a veteran player, the player will graduate from DP status to either Amateur status OR Veteran Status.
    • A drafted player who does not play a minimum of ten NHL or ten AHL games will be reverted back to prospects after their draft contract expires.

    Section Three: Seasonal Transactions and Restrictions

    3.1: Seasonal Ban Requirements

    • Seasonal bans are issued to Players who have no longer been able to fulfill their commitment to their current team or the league.
    • In order for a Player to be removed, the Player’s Management must file a request, via the action center.
    • Any request filed that does not provide adequate proof that the Player in question is inactive will result in the complaint being void.

    3.1.2: Seasonal Ban Procedures

    Owners/Management may only make requests that Players be removed if:

    1. The player is inactive
    2. The player quits
    3. Act in a manner that is detrimental to the League or their team.
    Best Practice Recommendations (for Players):
    • Ensure that your availability is submitted on the website so there is proof you actually submitted it.
    • Ensure to send a PM to your Manager whenever you cannot attend a game you were scheduled for. That way there is a paper trail to protect against a wrongful removal.
    • Ensure that if a gamer tag change is made, the request is also put in on the website as well. That can be done via the Action Center, under the request section.
    • Ensure that if a removal or warning notification is issued, to respond to the notice immediately.
    • If a situation occurs that is upsetting and causes a Player to not want to play any longer, it is highly recommended the Player contact the Player’s Association prior to quitting. Making a decision when angry is never a great option and can lead to a regretful decision later.
    Best Practice Recommendations (for Managers):
    • When submitting a request for a Player to be removed, ensure that proof is provided that proves inactivity.
    • Ensure that your Players are educated on using the website correctly.
    • Only submit a warning or League removal with justified cause. Any notification submitted without reason will not be deemed as adequate proof.
    • Ensure that when a player misses a game without reason, a strike is issued PRIOR to submitting a request for removal.
    3.1.3 Capital Punishment

    Capital punishment is the new system added to replace site bans. Site bans MAY still occur but will be limited.

    A capital punishment MAy be issued for but not limited to:
    1. Second tag issues, account recovery issues (using and or knowing about and not co-operating with staff)
    2. Refusal to play.
    3. Acting in a manner deemed a detriment to the team as listed above.
    4. Threatening another member of LG.
    5. Conduct issues
    6. Threats against the site
    7. Three conservative league bans within the duration of a five year period.
    Reference this POST for more information on the new ban buy-out and ban policy.

    3.1.4: Seasonal Ban Appeal (Players)

    To make an appeal, file an appeal using the "appeal" option found in the action center.


    A successful appeal will result in one of the following:

    • A Player wishes to continue to play, and will be placed on waivers.*Only applies while the normal waiver wire is open.*
    • The Player being placed on the Retired List. *Automatically occurs when a player wins an appeal after the waiver wire is closed*
    Best Practice Recommendations
    • File an appeal as soon as possible
    • File the Appeal via the Action Center
    • All appeals are handled by @LG McDonald, so if you have questions let him know!
    3.1.5: Seasonal Ban Appeals (Owners, Managers)

    • Owners and Managers may request to have their ban appealed. Each appeal is reviewed by the league commissioner.
    • Once a Manager or Owner accepts their contract via our offer system he or she is locked into that role for the duration of the season.
    • Management and Ownership at each level are considered a single-season commitment therefore if an Owner or Manager steps down, quits or is removed from the League they are INELIGIBLE to return to the league during the season of their removal.
    • Ban buyouts are also not an option in the first season of a ban issued to a Manager or Owner.
    • If a Management appeal is won, the Manager will be given the opportunity to return to the League the following season in good standing allowing them to resume a role as manager again.

    Best Practice Recommendations
    • Contact League Staff as soon as possible
    • Make sure all communication is done through the website
    3.1.6: Seasonal Ban Punishment

    Seasonal bans can be issued in three different degrees.

    1. 1st Degree Ban is defined as Two season punishment issued to a Player/Manager
    2. 2nd Degree Ban is defined as Three season punishment issued to a Player/Manager.
    3. 3rd Degree Ban is considered a Capital Punishment.
    Staff reserves the right to determine the degree of the ban.

    • The League Commissioner will then make an announcement prior to the season starting to educate Players on what their responsibilities are.
    • Management may also make a suggestion of what degree should be issued to the player who is receiving the ban. Players / Managers who are issued a seasonal ban in the final three weeks of the season will be issued a ban for the remainder of the current season, as well as the entire next season.
    • In the final three weeks of the season, and during the playoffs, the League reserves the right to upgrade first degree bans to three-season bans due to time of the season in which the ban occurs.
    • Being removed for the LGHL-LGAHL-LGCHL in the Xbox League SHALL REMOVE a player from the PSN LGHL-LGAHL-LGCHL. The applies for players removed from the PSN LGHL-LGAHL-LGCHL, those players are removed from the XBOX League.

    3.1.7: Seasonal Ban Buyouts

    • Players who have received a seasonal ban are eligible to buy their ban out.
    • Managers and Owners are ineligible to buy their ban out until the first season of the ban is served.
      • This ONLY applies to the league in which the user was a manager in.
    Here are the goals of this rule change from 2018:

    • Increase buyout for repeat offenders
    • At a certain point, the length of the ban should be served and can not be bought out
    • No chat mute buyouts for certain lengths
    These 3 requests will be part of our new policy, as well as a new classification of "Capital Offense".

    The capital offense will replace site bans. here is a brief point form of the changes
    • Moving all currency to CAD from USD
    • Tiered Ban Buyout Amounts (over a 5-year span)
    • 1st Offense - $50CAD
    • 2nd Offense - $75CAD
    • Capital Offense (3 or more in a 5-year span) - $100CAD. Below are points for anyone with a capital offense
    • Must Serve a min 3 season ban
    • Includes a 6 month chat mute
    • If its a ban for the LGHL, can not play in either the Xbox or PSN until the min 3 season ban. However while this person is serving a capital offense they could buyout and play in other LG leagues (ie FNP, ESHL, CanAm, LGFA, etc)
    • Must pay the ban to ever be allowed to come back and play in any league at LG. Capital offenses do not expire over time.
    • Any chat mute that is 6 months must serve 2 months of that mute that can not be bought out.
    • There will be no more site bans, anyone who's caught 2nd tagging, blatantly cheating or any other action we determine necessary will instantly be given a Capital Offense.
    Those will be the new changes, however, a lot of people do not know the current buyout rules that protect managers so I want to post those below to remind everyone
    • Any player who buys out mid-season will be returned to their current team and contract (no player can buyout of a contract or who they play for)
    • Anyone who quits mid-season isn't pulled off any roster position in other leagues (as long as it's not LGHL) but can not signup for any new season/league at LGHL while under a ban
    3.1.8: Understanding the Strike System

    To ensure our managers can hold their players accountable for not showing up to their scheduled games, there has been a strike system added to our manager tools in the front office. After a player misses a scheduled game a "missed game" strike needs to be issued on the game in which was missed.

    Players can be removed from the league for the following strikes being issued:
    • Week One - Week Nine
      • a total of five missed games strikes
    • Week One - Week Seven
      • a total of three strikes WITHIN THE SAME WEEK
    • Week Eight - Week Nine
      • a total of two strikes WITHIN THE SAME WEEK
      • a total of three strike COMBINE WITHIN week eight and nine
    A player is required to be scheduled by the lines deadline and according to their availability *if posted* in order for the strikes to be valid.

    3.1.9: Definitions

    Inactivity is defined as but not limited to :
    • A Player not showing up to scheduled games without contacting management prior to or shortly after the game explaining why the Player was not able to attend the game.
    • A player who receives five strikes in the duration of a season would be considered to not have the required amount of time committed to the League. Therefore accumulating five strikes in the duration of a season will allow managers to file a player removal request.
    • Two strikes issued during the duration of a playoff series also can result in player removal.
    • A Player, who does not respond to a League removal warning within 72 hours, is considered inactive
      • Restricted to Players on CHL TCs
    A detrimental act is defined as but not limited to:
    • Situations that would be considered cyberbullying.
    • Playing in a manner to ensure the team loses.
    • Telling a team you do not wish to be a part of their organization
    • Any MAJOR breach in the CoC.
    • Conduct during bidding with the intent of deterring teams from bidding on said player.
    3.2: Buyouts Requirements

    3.3: Waiver Wire / Send Downs

    • The waiver wire is located in the LG Front Office Tools. The waiver wire is the location where Managers/Owners can place a claim on a Player.
    • The NHL and AHL, waivers are broken down into two different periods. Regular Waiver Period, and Conditional Waiver Period.
    • Regular waivers open after CHL bidding is completed. Regular waivers close three hours after the seasonal trade deadline is completed (Sunday of week 7, 9 PM EST).
    • Conditional waivers begin immediately after the regular waiver period ends, then closes 12 hours after the season is completed.
    • The intent of conditional waivers is to allow NHL and AHL teams to make roster adjustments if a late-season claim is made.

    3.3.1: Placing a Player On Waivers

    • By accessing the Front Office tools, Management / Owners are able to place their Players on waivers.
    • When a team wishes to place a Player on waivers that Player will remain on waivers for a period of 12 hours.
    • At the end of the 12 hours prior, one of two options can occur:

    1. Option one: if the Player goes 12 hours without being claimed, the Player will report to the original team’s affiliate. In situations where Players clear AHL waivers, the Player will be assigned to the AHL TC as well as randomly assigned to a CHL team.
    2. Option Two: if during the 12 hour period the Player received a claim, once the 24 hour period ends the Player will be assigned to the team with the highest waiver priority.
    Managers are able to retract a player from waivers within the first (3) three hours the player is listed on waivers. After the three hour period, or if the player has a claim, the team is no longer eligible to retract the player from waivers.

    3.3.2: Claiming a Player off Waivers

    • The winning claim will be awarded to the team with the highest waiver priority that placed a claim. Once a team has successfully won a Player, they will be moved to the bottom of the waiver order.
    • Teams are eligible to place a claim that will put their roster over the cap and or roster restrictions as long as a corrective transaction is made prior to the start of the team’s next scheduled game.
    • Management is eligible to contact players on waivers to ensure the player is active prior to the team placing a claim.
    • Management is to ONLY place a claim on a player they intend to schedule, use on their active roster or trade them. Therefore a team(s) MUST show intent prior to waiving the player again!
    • Failure to do so SHALL result in a said player being returned to his or her's original team and placed back on waivers!

    Best Practice Recommendations :
    • Ensure the player you are placing a claim on is, in fact, the player you wish to claim.
    3.3.3: Waiver Wire Restrictions
    • A team is an only eligible place a maximum of two players at any given time on waivers.
    • Teams are ONLY eligible to place a claim on a player that the team intends to use as a member of their active roster.
    • If a player who was taken off waivers is placed back on waivers to circumvent the roster limit - salary cap rule, this will result in a violation being issued to the manager who is involved in this action. The intent of this rule is to allow managers to correct a mistake if the wrong player is placed on waivers.
    • Teams are ONLY able to place a claim on a player who is listed on waivers if the team has intentions to use the said player on their active roster!
      • When a player is claimed off waivers, that player is required to PLAY A GAME prior to being placed on waivers again!
      • If that player who was claimed off waivers is deemed "inactive" [IE does not show up for his or her scheduled games] missed game strikes are to be issued, followed by a player removal request filed in the action center to have said player removed.
    • Teams are not eligible to claim their own player off waivers.
    • Player's claimed off waivers who are inactive do not result in compensation for the team who makes the claim.
    • A player on waivers cannot play in a game until he or she is claimed and won or the player clears waivers.
    • Players who are deemed inactive are INELIGIBLE to be placed on waivers. Failure to follow this rule will be deemed a "bad faith" transaction resulting in a violation.
    • A player(s) listed in a pending trade is ineligible to be placed on waivers
    • Managers cannot be placed on waivers.
    3.3.4: Waiver Exceptions, Exemptions, and Conditions for Conditional Waivers
    • NHL Managers are ineligible to waive AHL players.
    • AHL Managers are ONLY eligible to waive AHL players.
    • Draft Picks are waiver exempt.
    • Amateur players are waiver exempt ONLY when being sent from an NHL roster to an AHL roster.
    After the normal waiver wire period is completed, Conditional waivers begin. Conditional Waiver is meant to allow teams to make roster adjustments in situations whereby a last-minute waiver claim is made. These are the conditions whereby conditional waivers applies:
    1. NHL team wins a late claim and is over the roster limit and or salary cap. The team is eligible to send a player down to ensure their NHL roster is correct based on the roster and salary cap restrictions.
    2. After a player clears waivers from the NHL and lands on the AHL roster, an AHL team is eligible to make a send down to ensure their AHL roster is correct and within the limits of the roster and salary cap restrictions.
    3. AHL team wins a last-minute waiver claim and is over the roster or salary cap. The team is eligible to make a send down to ensure they are within the limits of the roster and salary cap restrictions.
    4. If a team is over the salary cap or roster limit due to a compensation claim, the team is eligible to send a player(s) down to ensure their roster is compliant.
    3.3.5: Transfer Wire

    The transfer wire refers to:

    • Movement of waiver exempt players(send downs from the NHL to AHL)
    • Call ups in general within the restrictions outlined in 3.4.2(above)
    3.3.6: Transfer Wire Restrictions
    • Players can be called up from the AHL to the NHL or from the AHL Training Camp to the AHL during the playoffs ONLY when a team has an open spot.
    • Rosters are locked Sunday at 8 pm EST entering week nine in regards to the sending down of waiver exempt players.
    • AHL - NHL Managers will be given to the Sunday entering WEEK 9, TO RETURN ANY CHL call ups back to their CHL Team. In order for the player to be returned to his or her's CHL team is required to have played (18) or more seasonal games in the same season. These players will be sent back waiver exempt.
    3.3.6: New Owner Player Contract Opt-Out

    New owners hired in the off-season are eligible to drop players from their organization back to bidding without a cap penalty being applied. Owners who are promoted mid-season that return to Ownership are also eligible for the contract to opt-outs.

    3.4: Call Ups

    Players can be called up from the AHL TC to the AHL, as well as the AHL to the NHL.

    There are two different types of call ups; full-time call ups, and emergency call ups. Below are the restrictions regarding both types of call ups.

    3.4.1: Full-Time Call Ups

    • In the NHL, Players from the AHL roster, or AHL training camp, can be called up to fill a full-time roster spot.
    • In order to make a call up from the AHL roster, or AHL TC, the Manager/Owner must access the AHL front office tool. If a player is on the active roster in the AHL, the red "send" button is what is used for a call-up.
    • To call up a player from the AHL Training Camp, the red send button is also used. From there is the training camp player is being called up to the AHL, use the send button a second time, to send the player to the NHL roster.
    • During the playoffs, the only time a full time call up is deemed acceptable is to fill in an open roster spot for a player who was removed during the playoffs.

    Best Practice Recommendations :
    • Ensure to check the players status via their gamer card prior to calling up to ensure the player is eligible
    3.4.2: Full Time Call Up Restrictions

    NHL Restrictions

    • In the NHL, Veteran and Amateur players are only eligible for full time to call up.
    • Prospects(P), Randomly Assigned Veterans (V RA), Randomly Assigned Amateurs (A RA), and Randomly Assigned Prospects(P RA) are not eligible for full time call up to the NHL
    AHL Restrictions:
    • In the AHL, Veteran, Amateur and randomly assigned Amateur players are eligible for full time to call up.
    • AHL rosters are NOT eligible to call up randomly assigned veterans(V RA).
    • Prospects(P) and Randomly Assigned Prospects(P RA) are ineligible for full-time call up to the AHL.
    3.4.3: Requesting to be Placed On the Injury Reserve (IR)

    • Any IR request MUST be sent to the Team's management.
    • If the team decides to place the player on IR, the request can be made via the Action Center.
    • Managers are ALSO responsible for inform staff when the player is required to be taken off IR. Players are also not eligible to be taken off IR during the playing week, only before games begin on Sunday and after games end on Wednesday.
    • Players can only request to be placed on IR for a MAXIMUM of two weeks per season. The week does not need to be consecutive and DO NOT reset for the playoffs.

    3.4.4: Emergency Call Up (ECU)

    An emergency call is a player who is used as a "fill in" for a scheduled roster player when a roster player is unable to attend his or her scheduled game.

    Best Practice Recommendations :
    • Ensure that the player being used as an ECU has not already been used the maximum amount of time as an ECU.
    3.4.5: Emergency Call Up Restrictions


    When a player is traded, his or her ECU limits reset allowing the player to the eligibility to play the full 8 games a season as an ECU for his or her's new team, and affiliate.

    NHL Restrictions:

    • NHL players CANNOT ECU for the AHL
    • Random Veterans CANNOT ECU to the NHL during the playoffs
    • Random Amateurs CANNOT ECU to the NHL during the playoffs
    • Prospects CANNOT ECU to the NHL during the playoffs
    • Veterans, Amateurs, RA Veterans, and RA Amateurs are eligible to ECU for the NHL for a MAXIMUM of 3 times a week for a MAXIMUM of 8 times per season.
    • Prospect players are eligible to ECU to the NHL for the maximum of three times a week for a MAXIMUM of six times per season.
    *NHL teams are eligible to apply for an ECU rule exemption late in the season if the team is facing forfeit issues*

    AHL Restrictions:
    • AHL players CANNOT ECU for the CHL
    • Random Veterans CANNOT ECU to the AHL during the playoffs
    • Prospects CANNOT ECU to the AHL during the playoffs
    • Veterans, Amateurs, RA Veterans, and RA Amateurs are eligible to ECU for the NHL for a MAXIMUM of 3 times a week for a MAXIMUM of 8 times per season.
    • Prospect players are eligible to ECU to the AHL for the maximum of three times a week for a MAXIMUM of six times per season.
    *NHL teams are eligible to apply for an ECU rule exemption late in the season if the team is facing forfeit issues*

    *The intent of the ECU restrictions and rules is to ensure that a team has an adequate replacement in the situation where a player suddenly cannot attend a scheduled game. The ECU rule is not meant to allow a team to “bench” a player with the intent of using a strong player who may be in the organization's system.*

    3.5: Random Assignment

    • There are two different types of random assignments done in the LGHL. The first one is the random assignment of leftover Players after bidding to either the CHL training camps (Player Assignment.)
    • All randomly assigned players are assigned to the CHL Training Camp AT HIS OR HER'S HIGHEST SALARY EVER ISSUES DURING THEIR LGHL CAREER!
    • Brand new sign-ups to LG who have never played in the LGHL before shall be assigned at 500k salary.
    • All random assignments are issued a one-season contract.
    • The second is when every player in the CHL are assigned rights to an NHL organization and is assigned to an AHL Training Camp. Players in the CHL will have the ability to be called up to the NHL and AHL based on their player status and the restrictions listed above.
    • Players who are signed up and pass through a bidding session without receiving a bid are not considered randomly assigned players (RA)

    3.5.1: Player Assignment

    • After CHL bidding is complete, the player's leftover is assigned.
    • Players who select the CHL will also be eligible for the NHL and AHL in either an ECU or full-time call-up capacity.
    • Player Assignment closes the last week of every season.
    • "Free Agent Fridays" is the report that the League issues each week of the Players assigned during the Player assignment as well as where those Player's rights were assigned. This is the process whereby CHL players are issued NHL Organizational rights and placed on AHL training camps.
    • All players assigned AHL rights to carry their current CHL salary to the AHL training camp.

    Best Practice Recommendations :
    • Always keep an eye on your training camp to ensure you always have a large number of eligible call ups.
    • Communication between management and training camp players is important to keep training camp players active.
    • Ensure that your players on your AHL TC understand that they will show up on two rosters; CHL TC or CHL active roster, and the AHL TC.

    3.5.1: Player Assignment Restrictions

    • Aside from the restrictions related to call ups, it is important that Players who are assigned to a training camp understand their role.
    • Unfortunately, training camp Players are not required to be scheduled the same as full-time roster Players. The training camp roster is more as a pool for emergency call ups, or as a replacement full time call up if Players are removed from the active roster.
    • The League has come up with a system to ensure training camp Players remain active in the League as well as are eligible to show off their skill set to the rest of the League. This system is often referred to as "Training Camp Games".

    3.5.2: Player Rights Assignment

    • As stated above, all players in the CHL are issued rights to NHL Organizations. These rights are issued for the purpose of emergency call ups, as well as replacement full-time call ups.
    • This system is completely random, and the League Staff hold no ability to influence this system at all.
    • Once Players are assigned rights, they will show up in the "AHL Training Camp".
    • NHL and AHL teams are able to trade Players that they have rights to, to other organizations in normal transactions.

    3.5.3: Player Rights Assignment Restrictions

    Reference 3.4.2: Full Time Call Up Restrictions.

    3.6: Trading

    Trading is a major part of the League. There are several rules, procedures, and restrictions in regards to trading. Below are the sections that Managers and Owners should reference when making trades.

    3.6.1: Trade Deadline

    The seasonal trade deadline closes the Sunday of week seven at 6 PM EST. League weeks start on a Sunday and end of a Thursday.

    For the off-season trade window reference section 4.2.

    3.6.2: Submitting Trades

    • Each week, from Sunday at 6:01 pm EST, until Wednesday at 11:59 pm EST Managers / Owners are able to submit trades for the week. During that time frame, traders will remain in a "pending" status. These trades are reviewed and approved by the BOG.
    • During the weekends, auto-approval for trades will be turned on with the following restrictions:
      • Any trade for "nothing" goes to BOG review
      • Any trade involving a draft pick goes to a BOG review
      • Any trade that is more than the standard 3-1 ratio will be auto-denied.
      • Any trade involving a manager will be auto denied.
      • In the situation where a player is traded from "Team A" to "Team B", and "Team B" is eligible to then trade the player immediately BUT that secondary trade WILL NOT BE auto-approved but will require BOG approval.
        • This system will have a six-hour cool-down window.
    • The auto-approve window is from 23:59:00 Wednesday to Sunday at 18:00:00.

    3.6.3: Trade Restrictions
    • Management is only eligible to make trades for their own team.
      • The only exception is that Owners can trade for the NHL and AHL.
    • Players on waivers are not eligible to be traded. Players in a pending trade cannot be waived.
    • Once a player is confirmed to be traded, the player is not eligible to have a player removal request filed against them until the trade is processed.
    • Any special agreement or circumstance must be outlined in either a PM or in the "Trade Note Box" It is up to the League's BOG discretion to disregard any "condition" they deem not in the best interest of the League.
    • Trades involving Players who have a pending removal complaint will be reversed.
    • Any Manager or Owner who steps down will have every transaction they made prior to them stepping down reviewed. The period of review will be within 14 days prior to an Owner or Manager resigning. It is up to the League to determine if the transactions were made in bad faith and or are considered lopsided and unfair.
    • Members of Management are not eligible to be traded.
    • Teams are only eligible to make a maximum size trade of three players for one player or three players for one draft pick.
    • All trades made for "nothing" are reviewed and can be reversed or rejected at the BOG's discretion.
    • All training camp trades that are made with the intention of manipulating the assignment system can be and will be reversed by the BOG.
    • Players who are retired CANNOT be traded until they have unretired.
    • Future season draft picks CANNOT be traded.
    • Draft picks can ONLY be traded by the team's Owner
    • Trades MUST be sent via the LG trading system to be official!
    • A team must PHYSICALLY HAVE a draft pick in order to trade that draft pick.
    • Compensation MUST BE agreed on in the trade notes OR in a PM by both parties prior to a trade being accepted in the official system by both sides in order for compensation to be honored.
      • If there is no official documentation showing both sides agreed to compensation prior to the trade being submitted in the official system, compensation will not be honored by the league.
      • When agreeing to terms for compensation, the official terms and or assets that will be sent IF compensation is required do not need to be specified in the official trade notes. All that is required is "both sides have agreed to compensation" The details can be sent officially to staff via a website PM if needed.
      • If compensation is agreed on, but both sides cannot agree on a specific asset that should be sent for compensation, the BOG will intervene and make that determination based on the compensation guidelines listed below.
    3.6.4: Trade Compensation Criteria

    All compensation requests have been moved to a system whereby BOTH teams are required to have an agreement to be willing to compensate one another PRIOR to the trade being submitted into the official trade system in order for compensation to be required.

    All trades submitted in the official trade system that ARE NOT accompanied by a trade note that states "compensation has been agreed on by both sides" will not require compensation!
    3.6.5: Trade Compensation Procedures

    The BOG will determine what compensation is required IF both sides have officially agreed to compensate one another but cannot agree on what asset will be sent.

    • Once compensation is requested via the action center, the two teams involved in the compensation will receive a message to work it out among each other until Saturday 11:59 PM est (of the current week, or of the next week if compensation is requested on a Saturday).
    • Once a compensation request is made in the action center, the League BOG will inform both teams involved there is a request for compensation which will require the pieces from the original trade to be frozen if they are NOT yet traded.
    • If teams do not agree to a compensation trade, the trade that had the player move to his new team will be reversed. With all the players moved back to their old team.

    Deadlines :
    • Saturday 11:59 PM est: time limit where BOGs will let teams figure out a compensation between them
    • After Saturday 11:59 PM, est: Compensation will be dealt with as soon as it is possible
    • Sunday noon: Time limit where BOGs will handle new compensation requests
    3.6.6: League Trade Reversal

    • If at any point in the season or off-season an Owner/Manager steps down the League reserves the right to review any transaction made prior to that member's departure. If a determination is made that some transactions were made in bad faith, those transactions will be reversed.
    • In the interest of the competitiveness of the league, any trade deemed to be "fire sale", "one-sided, without justification" can be reversed by the Leagues Commissioners.

    3.6.7: Player Trade Request

    Players are eligible to request a trade. In order to so, that request must be made via the Action Center.

    3.6.8: Trade Request Restrictions

    Players are issued a traded request based on the contract agreed on. Here is the list of restrictions applied to trade requests:

    • Trade requests are ONLY honored for the league in which the player files the request for.
    • Drafted players are ineligible to request a trade during the FIRST season of their entry-level contract! If they do make the request is voided and issued back to the said player to utilize in his or her's second season.
    • The deadline to request trade is one week prior to the official League trade deadline.
    • Players who accept a two-season contract, are eligible to request one trade during the length of their contract.
    • Players who accept a three-season contract, are eligible to request two trade during the length of their contract.
    • Players on a single season contract are not eligible to request a trade.
    • Managers have until the trade deadline to trade players who request a trade. Players who requested a trade and are not officially traded by the deadline will be placed on waivers.
    • Players who publicly announce they formally submitted a trade request will have their request revoked.
    • Players who retract their trade requests are ineligible to formally request a trade until their contract expires.
    • Players who have an outstanding trade request but are placed on waivers will not have their requests given back to them.
    Recommended Best Practice :
    • Players on single-season contracts or players who already used their trade requests are eligible to contact their team's management and request that they may be traded. The team's management is not required to trade the player but a mature agreement can be arranged.
    3.7: Management Seasonal Promotions

    • During the season, any player promoted to NHL Owner, NHL GM, AHL GM, 1st AHL AGM will have their salary reduce to zero, and their contract change to 1S 0R.
    • Players who are promoted to NHL AGM or AHL AAGM(2nd AGM) will either have their salaries reduced to the preset levels(six million in the NHL, three million in the AHL) or retain their current salary if it is below the current preset level. Their contract will also be reduced to one season.

    Section Four: Off-Season Transactions and Restrictions

    4.1: Re-signs

    • Each season in the NHL, management, and Owners are eligible to offer two re-signs to a Player on their roster with an expiring contract. If either of the two resigns is unused, the NHL team is eligible to issue a maximum of two additional contract years(if both resigns are not used) after bidding.
    • NHL managers must send their resign requests via the Front Office unless otherwise instructed to do differently by the League's Staff. A player must accept the official resign offer in order to be considered resigned.
    • Each season in the AHL, management, and Owners are eligible to offer two re-signs to a Player on their roster with an expiring contract. If either of the two resigns is unused, the AHL team is eligible to issue a maximum of two additional contract years(if both resigns are not used) after bidding.
    • AHL managers must send their resign requests via the Front Office unless otherwise instructed to do differently by the League's Staff. A player must accept the official resign offer in order to be considered resigned.
    • A Player who accepts a re-sign will have their current salary increased by predetermined amounts outlined within the contract system.
    • Additional contract years will NOT be given back & There is no compensation to be granted to organizations for players who retire or get banned AFTER accepting their resign & before the resign window closes.

    Current resign amounts:
    • Player's salary: $500,000 - $1,500,000: a $250,000 increase
    • Player's salary: $1,750,000 - $3,000,000: a $500,000 increase
    • Player's salary: $3,250,000 - $5,000,000: a $750,000 increase
    • Player's salary: $5,250,000 - $7,000,000: a $1,000,000 increase
    • Player's salary: $7,250,000+: a $1,250,000 increase
    4.1.1: Resign Restrictions
    • Teams are ineligible to send a player down or call a player up to be resigned.
    • A player won in NHL bidding CANNOT be resigned in the AHL.
    • Randomly assigned players cannot be resigned.
    • Prospects are ineligible for a resign.
    • Drafted players on an expired contract are INELIGIBLE to be resigned.
    • Trading is NOT open during the resigning period.
    • Player's listed on the AHL TC are ineligible to be resigned.
    4.1.2: Sign And Trades

    Teams can currently ONLY resign players on their current roster. Trades are no longer open during the resign window.

    4.2: Off-Season Trades

    Once the resign window ends, off-season trades open.

    Off-season trading ends at 17:00:00 the same day as the entry draft and will reopen AFTER the Entry Draft has completed. It will then close at 17:00:00, on the same day NHL bidding is scheduled for.

    All normal trade restrictions and procedures apply, including compensation.

    4.3: Off-Season Transfer Wire

    The transfer wire ONLY applies to players who are drafted in the current season's entry draft. This allows managers the ability to place their newly drafted players anywhere within their organization.

    4.4: Off-Season Waiver Wire

    The waiver wire is closed during the off-season.

    4.5: Retirement

    • During the off-season, players who wish to retire from the League may do so by filing a request in the Action Center.
      • Players are reminded to retire from the LGHL, regardless of what league the player is currently in.
    • Also during the off-season, players who wish to unretire MAY do so by contacting the League BOG.
      • The deadline for players [who are under contract] to unretire will be 5 PM, the day of the NHL Entry Draft.
      • A player who is a free agent and wishes to unretire can do so at any time during the league if the signup window is open.
    • When a player retires, his or her's contract will not freeze in the system. Therefore a player on a three-season deal, who retires for three seasons will return as a free agent. But that same player who is on a three-season deal, but only retires for one season would return to his or her's ORIGINAL roster, at the player's salary at the time of retirement.
    • The system will place the player on the Organization training camp by design, but based on the rules said player in question SHALL be returned to his or her's position either on the NHL or AHL active roster.
    4.6: Management Selections

    Reference Article I, for full details on management selections

    4.7: NHL Entry Draft

    Prior to bidding each season and the NHL Entry Draft is conducted.

    4.7.1: Draft Eligibility

    Players that are assigned a Prospect status the season prior will be the only Players eligible for the entry draft. All undrafted players who do not meet the 48 games completed in the LGCHL will retain their prospect status and remain draft-eligible for the following season's draft.

    4.7.2: Draft Process

    Each season's Owners are given four draft picks.

    The NHL Entry Draft will be held each season prior to bidding. The draft will be four rounds for prospects from the immediate previous season. These Players will be given the opportunity to be drafted prior to NHL, AHL and CHL bidding.

    Draft pick salaries are based on where the player was selected:

    • 1st - 16th = $2,000,000
    • 17th - 32nd = $1,500,000
    • 33rd - 48th = $1,250,000
    • 49th - 64th = $1,000,000
    • 65th - 80th = $750,000
    • 81st - 128th = $500,000
    CHL Owners and Managers are eligible to be drafted.
    • If the drafted player takes a CHL management position prior to the draft, they will be given a 3 season contract rather than a 2 season contract and will not be call-up eligible in their first season.
    • If the drafted player wants to take a CHL management position after the draft, they will need permission from the NHL Owner first.
    • It is the responsibility of the drafted player and the NHL Owner to notify the League staff to ensure this adjustment is made via Site PM.
    • Once the drafted player takes a CHL management position after the draft, their contract will not be adjusted and will remain a 2 season contract and will not be call-up eligible for that season.
    If a player is drafted and they have retired for the current season, the team will lose that drafted player and will instead be asked to choose a compensatory selection at the end of the draft which will be given a 2 season contract for $500,000.

    If a player is drafted and they have not signed up for the season, the player will be given a 2 season contract at the spot they were drafted.

    Any missed draft picks or issues during the draft, contact the League staff to earn a compensatory selection at the end of the draft. The player will be given a 2 season contract at $500,000.

    Once the draft is completed, the NHL Owners will be eligible to assign the newly drafted players to either their NHL, AHL or AHL TC roster. This only applies to the players who were drafted during that same off-season.

    Since the LGHL is a simulation League, we will follow the guidelines that are used by the real NHL (subject to change due to the NHL changing this procedure as well).

    With that brings the NHL Lottery system. This is a weighted system that allows one team to move up in the order of selection of the first round. The first three picks in the entry draft are selected via the lottery system.

    The bottom 16 teams in the League (that did not qualify) for the playoffs will be entered into the lottery. These teams are ranked from fewest points to most points prior to the lottery. The team with the fewest points will be ranked as the number one seed, then logically the team with the most points would be the 16th seed. In the event of a tiebreaker, the LGHL uses the tie-breaker system located in Article Two: Scheduling Process.

    As always, the Stanley Cup Champion picks last (32nd), and the runner up will pick 31st. The other two conference finalists will pick 30th and 29th. The rest of the spots from 28 down to 17 are filled by the teams eliminated from the playoffs. The regular-season division winners hold the other lowest positions to fill the remaining spots outside of the bottom 16.

    If one of the 16 teams trades its First-Round Draft Pick, the team acquiring said pick participates in the lottery for the original team.

    Every one of the 16 lottery teams has an opportunity to win the first overall selection of the draft. However, there is only one winning team in the lottery. That team is awarded the first overall selection, resulting in the remaining teams moving down one spot as the winner moves to first overall. No team can move down more than one spot. The lottery is weighted to give the worst teams the best chances of winning. The weighting is as follows:

    32nd Place Team: 18.0%

    31st Place Team: 13.0%
    30th Place Team: 11.0%

    29th Place Team: 9.5%
    28th Place Team: 8.5%

    27th Place Team: 7.0%
    26th Place Team: 6.0%

    25th Place Team: 5.0%
    24th Place Team: 4.5%

    23rd Place Team: 4.0%
    22nd Place Team: 3.5%

    21st Place Team: 3.0%
    20th Place Team: 2.5%

    19th Place Team: 2.0%
    18th Place Team: 1.5%

    17th Place Team: 1.0%

    Owners have the right to:

    - Delegate a member of Management to do the draft for them.
    - Trade their picks.

    - Skip their picks
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