"There is no deterrent with us at all," Western Collegiate Hockey Association commissioner Bruce McLeod said. "We have to come up with a deterrent, whether you can't sign after the season starts, or even like July 15, because it's hard to replace a guy after that.
"But, of course, we can't deal with money. We can't impose fines like the IIHF. It has to be a rule like major junior."
In major junior, an NHL prospect learns his full-season status after the first 10 NHL regular- season games. He sticks with the NHL club or is sent back to major junior for the rest of the regular season and playoffs.
If an NHL club signs an IIHF player and that player does not play in the NHL, the team that signs him compensates the IIHF team up to $150,000.
"We have to inject some rules to protect college hockey," Gophers coach Don Lucia said. "(DU's) situation is a little different than ours (with Okposo), but we have to find a common ground. Other leagues are protected and ours isn't. . . . We don't hold any cards, and therein lies the problem. We don't have any leverage."
McLeod and the five other Division I conference commissioners are prepared to discuss early- or midseason signings with the NHL on Feb. 19 in Naples, Fla.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
NCAA-NHL agreement on player signings?
Well, the NCAA would like one in order to stop the "poaching" which has occurred with two players this year. The first was Kyle Okposo (Minnesota to NYI), and the second Brock Trotter (DU to MTL) But, as they admit to the Denver Post, they have no leverage.