Vancouver Canucks defenceman Frank Corrado has played in five games (three in the regular season and two in the playoffs) and the next one he plays, the first year of his three-year entry-level contract will be ‘burned’.
Down 2-0 in their first round Western Conference quarterfinal series against the San Jose Sharks, the room for error has shrunk.
It appears the coaching staff’s trust in Corrado has waned somewhat in the postseason as he has averaged only 12:21. In comparison, Corrado played 17:20 against the Chicago Blackhawks on April 22 in a ‘playoff’ game and then averaged 20:27 in the final two regular season games.
Will the Canucks coaching staff opt to insert veteran Keith Ballard into the lineup and hope to get more minutes out of the third pairing?
It was initially unsure whether playoff games counted, but writer Tyson Giuriato confirmed that they indeed count.
Sent an email out to someone in the know, playoff games DO count against the entry-level slide rule.
— Tyson Giuriato(@TysonGiuriato) April 23, 2013
The NHL collective bargaining agreement states any player aged 18 or 19 can have his contract “slide” if he does not play in more than ten games (more than six this year due to the shortened season).
If a player aged 18 or 19 signs an entry-level contract with a club (with his age calculated on Sept. 15 of the year he signed the contract) but does not play in at least 10 NHL games, the contract will “slide” or be extended one year. The extension does not apply if the player turns 20 between Sept. 16 and Dec. 31 in the year he signed the contract. -Capgeek.com