When the Rangers signed Anthony Duclair back in January, I said that his contract would “slide” for both the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons:
Duclair will continue to play for Quebec in QMJHL and his contract will slide provided he doesn’t play in 10 NHL games this season. His contract could slide next season as well, meaning his contract wouldn’t officially start until his first professional season at age 20. In any year in which his contract slides, the contract will not count against the limit of 50 contracts all NHL teams have imposed on them.
Then this summer, CapGeek explained why I was wrong, and Duclair’s contract would not slide for the upcoming season.
I took this to mean he would count towards the Rangers 50 contract limit, meaning Kevin Hayes signing and John Moore‘s eventual re-signing would push the Rangers to the limit. Today I was corrected again.
The CBA definition of reserve list shows that the 50 contract limit operates independent of, though similar to, the entry-level slide rule:
Meaning although Duclair’s contract will not slide in 2014-15, he won’t take up one of their 50 contract spots, either.
So it looks like they’ll have room to invite Alex Semenov to training camp after all.