PTHL Collective Bargining Agreement



I.    Administration
        A. Commissioner
        B. Board Of Directors
        C. General Managers
        D. Discipline

II.    League Operations
        A. Franchise Rosters & Players
            i.    Rosters
            ii.   Injuries
            iii.   Position Changes
            iv.  Retirements
            v.   Player Creation
        B. Free Agency
            i.    Free Agent Types
            ii.   Off-Season Free Agent Processes
                    a. Phase I   - RFA Qualifying Offers & Offer Sheets
                    b. Phase II  - RFA Matches/Declines & Compensation
                            - GM options
                            - Draft Pick Compensation
                            - Player Compensation
                            - Arbitration
                    c. Phase III - Unrestricted Free Agency
            iii.   In-Season Negotiations
            iv.   Player Contract Limitations & Restrictions
            III.    Franchise Finances
        A. Revenue
            i.    Attendance & Ticket Sales
            ii.   Player Performance Awards
            iii.   Franchise Performance Awards
            iv.  GM Performance Awards
            C. Bankrupt Franchises





While preferring not to getting bogged down in bureaucracy, the PTHL still looks to represent a business model and is structured accordingly. The following positions are listed with their defined duties to make the PTHL run smoothly & efficiently.

The commisioners in the PTHL are here to ensure that the league runs smooth and according to plan. They have full control of the league and thus can update rules or change around the league at any time if they feel it will benefit the league in the long run. They also are in charge of the Gms hired to be part of the league and have the authority to throw out those with behaviour considered detremental to the league and or others in the league.They work in conjuction with the board of the directors to carry out key events in the league, like the entry draft and oversee the event. They also work with the BOD and other gms to come to decisions about the league's future and how the league is run. The current commisioners of the league are Marc (Colorado GM) and his assistant Chris (Toronto Gm)

Board of Diretors
the PTHL board of directors, with one representitve from every division that oversee certain issues and operations with in the league. They are able to control the voting on of league issues and can vote amongst themselves or involve the other gms of the league.The Commissioners will remain in constant contact with the BOD to help the league better itself and to discuss proposals of rule changes in the league coming from outside parties. The board will also review trades of a suspect nature or a trade protest to ensure fairplay in the league. Trades will not be outright denied, but rather sent back to the GMs with a recommendation for amending the trade in a form that will satisfy the league and its members.

General Managers
The GMs are heart and soul of the every day activity of the PTHL. They are expected to send in lines, draft and trade in order to improve their teamThe GMs have the ability to offer up rules change suggestions and protest trades. GMs are encouraged to provide articles, press releases, website content, etc. None of this is mandatory but the BOD and commisioners will keep a mental note of the participation of GMs to ensure the PTHL is full of Gms who want to be here. The PTHL is a relaxed league and doesn't ask for the same high amount of particiaption as other leagues out there. Rather this league will be enjoyed by a group of friends who want to have fun and not deal with the stresses of finances, arena expansion too much. The current Board of Directors is Kevin (Washington Gm), Kyle (Rangers Gm), Josh (Buffalo Gm), Mike (Atlanta Gm), Chris (Vancouver Gm) and Greg (Ottawa Gm)

Discipline can be issued by either of the commisioners as they see fit. This league is meant to provide people with a source of fun in their leisure time.Those who disrespect other Gms, the BOD the commisioners or the league in general are subject to disciplinary action. First time offenders will receive a fine and player suspensions whereas repeat offenders will be thrown out of the league premenantly.

League Operations

Each team will consist of a maximum of 50 players.. A team's pro roster may contain a maximum of 25 players, and a minimum of 20. The remainder of the team's players must reside on the farm roster. A lineup on any given day consists of 20 players, two of which must be goalies. Additionally, there has to be a minimum of 3 each of centers, left and right wingers, plus six defensemen dressed each game. Any players not listed on the lines are considered scratches, either healthy or injured. Any player on the scratch list receives full salary. GM's are able to select their rosters and lines using the GM editor program, and emailing the ".lns" file to the Commish ( If you do not submit a line file after a trade or have an injury and do not submit lines the GM simulator automatically chooses your lines through random assortment.  GM's are responsible for player management. Moving players to and from the pro and farm rosters is critical due to injuries and player improvement. Moving players in between rosters must be done with the GM editor.Players must be played in the position listed in the sim, and a 10% decrease in stats will result if a player is put out of position.

Like any sport, the sim gives out its shares of injuries to the players. The injuries can be anything from a charley horse to a dislocated shoulder. Gms are not to complain about injuries that befall their team and are encouraged to work through it instead.  

Position Changes
The PTHL will allow position changes throuhgout the season only. Each request for a positional change will only be processed by the commisioners if suitable evidence from either Forecaster ( and TSN ( that a player plays a certain position is provided.


Retirements/Player Signed in Europe
Retirement to most PTHL players will be held to the end of the current seasonr .Players who retire midway through the NHL season (see:Ziggy Palffy) will be removed from the sim at the point of retirement. Players who return from retirement are immediatly placed on the unsigned list and teams are given chances to bid.
Players who have signed in Europe midway through the season will remain on their PTHL's teams roster until the Europe-PTHL Transfer window (Offseason) opens. Any players that sign in Europe while the transfer window is open will be removed from the sim immediately. Any players returning to the PTHL from Europe will be immediately placed on the unsigned list.

FONT face=Arial size=4>Prospect Callups
Prospects who wish to be called up by GMs will be created immedatly, their creation depends on the players' stats and expereince at the NHL level.Their ratings will be based on a rating skill that uses Hockey's Future as a reference.

Any player who is 25 years old or older, will have to clear waivers if he is sent to his farm club. This process will pertain to both preseason and during season play. Players who are 18-24 years old can be called up and sent to the Farm team without having to clear waivers. Once a player is placed on the waiver wire, he will remain there for 48 hours giving Gms a chance to claim him. If two or more teams claim a player, the team with the highest waiver priority (determined by worst record) will get the player. If a team claims a player, he must be put on the pro roster; otherwise, he remains on waivers. If a player is not claimed in the 48 hour time period, he will go to the farm team. After the regular season is over, a team may send any player to the minor leagues without having to go through the waiver process. The league reserves the right to announce to all GMs when a player is put on waivers. Any player accidentally put on waivers (his team sends him down without realizing he was over 26) by his team must remain on waivers for the 48 hour period with no exceptions. Refer to the player vitals page for players' ages and keep in mind that the GM editor will inform you if you are placing someone on waivers. Also, any players over the age of 26 on the farm can be taken by any of the three teams with the highest waiver priority. If a player is taken, the fourth team on the waiver priority list can now take a player off any farm team with no concequences. A maximum of only three players per farm team can be taken per season.

Released Players 
Players that are released from their team become free agents. For the period of one week, the player will take bids. Highest bidder gets the player signed at that salary. After one week the player can be signed on a first come, first served basis at the league minimum salary - $450,000 for For 1st round draft picks it's $300,000 for 2 years, $250,000 for 2 years for 2nd round drafts picks. Releasing players is up to the discresion of the GM, however to release a player, the player must be paid 25% of their current salary. This buyout doesn't count against the cap, but rather will be deducted from "Current Funds" on the finance page. (ex. Player A makes a million to be bought out for 250 000)


Trading is encouraged. Only players, money (from franchise funds) and draft choices may be traded. The FHL program tracks four years worth of draft choices for every team through all 7 rounds of the draft. Any of these picks may be dealt.Any trade that seems to be overbalanced in one direction or the other may be subject to review by the Board of Directors and/or Commissioner.

Mid Season Rerates
A committee of Gms will be assigned (volunteer) to rerate all rookies who after the midway point of the NHL season (all teams have played 41 games) will be given new ratings if they have played 20 or more games. The rookies ratings will then be reset back to ratings package chosen to be used at the end of the season. The ratings will be done using a formula provided by the ratings package. In addition, each team will have an additional midseason rerate for any player 25 years or under. The expected time frame for midseason rerates is the all star break.

Prospect Creation
Prospects can only be signed off the prospect list if they have played 1 game in a North American Professional League (AHL/ECHL/NHL/etc.). All Entry contracts are to be 1 year more than the NHL's counterpart entry contract to avoid players being underpaid in their secnod contract. (This in accordance to the NHL having a standard 3 year entry level contract for all rookies).

Free Agency

Free Agent Types
There are two kind of Free Agents - Restricted Free Agents (RFAs) and Unrestricted Free Agents (UFAs).  Unrestricted Free Agency begins for every PTHL player at age 28 or having served 6 years in the league. Restricted Free Agents are those players who are 27 or younger or have served less than 6 years in the NHL at the end of the season.  Either free agent type can be offered contracts throughout the year (a contract extension). In addition, RFA's can be tendered an offer (called a qualifying offer (NHL+10%)) for a new contract at the end of the season by the end of the regular season. Teams that own Restricted Free Agents have both right of first refusal (i.e. we don't want to resign you or offer you a new deal), and the right to match any offer they receive.

Off-Season Free Agent Processes
Phase I - RFA Qualifying Offers & Offer Sheets
Phase II- RFA Matching & Compensation
Phase III - Unrestricted Free Agency

Phase I - RFA Qualifying Offers & Offer Sheets
Each GM can make offers to RFAs from any team (or teams) around the league, they can also make offers to any of their own RFAs. Once again - this means unlimited qualifying offers on your own players, only four on other teams' (no more than two offers per team roster). This is the NHL equivalent of signing a player to an offer sheet. REMEMBER - these are not done deals, these just allow you to retain the rights to your RFA players, and allow you to have the right to match any offer on your own RFAs. These Qualifying Offers will be sent to the Commissioner. The Commissioner will serve to ensure that the player signs the offer sheet on the best deal (not necessarily the highest dollar value or longest contract), and then his own team will be able to match that offer, if they so choose.
    Offers must be for at least 1 year and no more than 4 years in length. Players can & will sign offer sheets that extend past their UFA age if the contract compensates them appropriately.  The PTHL qulifying offer is the players current NHL salary which can be checked at + 10% To gauruntee the RFA resigning with the current team the team can offer a NHL+15% salary and the player will not be eligable from offers from other PTHL teams. As of season 3, teams are only allowed to guaruntee 2 RFAs, but can sign all of their RFAs to qualifying offers. The players who have a qualifying offer can be bid on by other teams, but the original team has the right to match the highest offer received. .

    Any RFAs who do not receive qualifying offers from their own team will become UFAs, meaning that their teams do not receive compensation if they are signed by another team. All offers & offer sheet MUST be submitted by the deadline set by the league.

Phase II - RFA Offer Match & Declination Compensation
The Commissioner will send out a list to all the GM's of their offers on other players and the highest bids on their players. The GMs will then have three days to decide whether to match the offers, decline the offers and take compensation. GMs must make their intentions known by the required deadline to retain rights to the players.

Each RFA offer allows a GM two options:
1. Match and retain player for contract offered
2. Decline offer and accept compensation

If a team makes an offer to one of its' own players, and there are no other offers on that player, the team will have the option to have the player sign the qualifying offer or can offer a guarunteed contract offer (from 1-4 years). Or any RFA aged player may decide to hold-out and refuse to sign the qualifying offer. At this time, the team can decide to renegotiate with the player or trade his rights. If a hold-out moves into following season, any contract negotiation will apply to the four yearly slots.


$773,442 or less None
$773,443 - $1,171,882 3rd Round Draft Pick
$1,171,883 - $2,343,764 2nd Round pick
$2,343,765 - $3,515,645 1st and 3rd Round picks
$3,515,646 - $4,687,527 1st,2nd,3rd rd pick
$4,687,528 - $5,859,412 Two 1st Round picks, One 2nd Round pick, One 3rd round pick
$5,859,413 or more 4 - 1st Round Draft Picks

Player Compensation - Teams may not players as appropriate compensation. ALL player compensation packages MUST be approved by the league office. If such a deal does not meet league approval and teams continually cannot come to agreement, the league will step in and view both offers and make a decision on the appropriate compensation via Arbitration.....
--Clubs owing one (1) draft selection must have it available in the next draft.
-- Clubs owing two (2) draft selections in different rounds must have them available in the next draft.
-- Clubs owing three (3) draft selections in different rounds must have them available in the next draft.
-- Clubs owing two (2) draft selections in the same round, must have them available in the next three (3) drafts.
-- Clubs owing three (3) draft selections in the same round must have them available in the next four (4) drafts, and so on.
When a Club owes two (2) or more draft selections in the same round, the signing Club does not elect the years in which such selections shall be awarded to the Prior Club; rather, the selections next available will be transferred to the Prior Club (i.e., a Club that owes two (2) selections has them available in the next two (2) drafts that is when they are transferred).

Phase III - Unrestricted Free Agency
As with the NHL, the PTHL will feature Unrestricted Free Agents. These are players who are 28 (as of July 1st) and older or have served 6 or more years in the NHL at the end of their contract, have the option to sign with any team they wish. The first stage allows teams to resign up to 2 UFAs to their team for a contract worth the players current NHL contract + 20%. (Multi year loyalty contracts come with a 82 game No Trade Clause, while single year loyalty contracts are only a 41 game No Trade Clause. The NTCs can be bought out for 30 million dollars).Teams may also submit offers to any UFAs in the league, whether they are on their team or not. [Presentations will be important as they designate the players desired, roles needing to be filled on the team & budget available. Any team submitting a presentation will be guaranteed to sign a player that can provide help for the team] The Commissioner will then reviewed the offers and use a randon numer generator to decide which offer is in the players best interest to sign. An email or forum posting will announce to the league that a certain player has signed a contract with a team, listing the new contract, team, and salary. Commissioner will assign numbers to each team involved this will decide the best offer for the player (In the case of a tie, the higher total amount of money will win [ex. a 1 year deal worth 4 million will lose to a 3 year deal worth 2 mil per year]). All players signed during the open market period come with a 41 game No Trade Clause regardless of contract length. It is also possible that a player will not sign a contract during this period because they do not receive an acceptable offer - they are then added to the pool of unsigned players and may be bid on at any time once the regular season begins.
Note: The current PTHL climate moves free agency from a bidding war to a player movement stage.  There is no max offer that can be offered to any UFA. But no team will be signing a majority of players just based on contract offers. A teams financial state will be analyzed when such offers are submitted. Overly large scale bidding and contract offers on several players from financially unstable franchises will be considered null & void. Players will seriously consider ALL these factors: financial health, franchise prestige, proposed role, presentation.

Player Contract Limitations
        *Individual Salaries are capped at $8.8m
        *Entry Draft Contracts are slotted with a cap of $800,000 on entry draft contracts and are 4 years MAX
                Round 1Pick - $800,000
                Round 2, Pick - $750,000
                Round 3, Pick - $650,000m
                Round 4 -7 Pick - $600,000
                Undrafted Free Agnet - $450,000

Unsigned List
The PTHL will always have a pool of players not belonging to any team that can be signed by any team during the season known as the unsigned list. These can be players used to fill your farm team or can play on your pro team if you are dealing with a ton of injuries. The process for signing players off this list will go as follows: 1. The first GM sends in his bid to the player they want. Their offer is not revealed to anyone but the commish. This opens up a 3 day period where other Gms who may want the player have a chance to offer their own contract by emailing the commish. Each Gm may only send in one bid and at the end of the bidding period, the team that offered the best contract will get that player.

Franchise Finances

Revenue is the lifeblood of an operating an PTHL franchise. Money collected pay player & coach salaries.

Teams earn revenue with the following methods:
1. Ticket & Concession Sales - Attendence
    *Ticket prices & arena modifications can only occur in the off-season. You may petition for a ticket price change with cause.
    *Attendance is based of whether a team is playing well and if the team has any star players (80+ ratings) for fans to watch play.
2. Player Performance Awards
    *Any player who wins a Trophy receives money for his franchise br>   
Calder Trophy Nominee = $250,000
Calder Trophy Winner = $500,000 Best Rookie in the PTHL)
Norris Trophy Nominee = $250,000 (Best Defenseman in the PTHL)
Norris Trophy Winner = $750,000
Vezina Trophy Nominee = $250,000 (Best Goalie in the PTHL)
Vezina Trophy Winner = $1,000,000
Hart Trophy Nominee = $250,000 (PTHL MVP)
Hart Trophy Winner = $1,000,000
Selke Trophy Nominee = $250,000 (Best Defensive Forward in the PTHL)
Selke Trophy Winner $750,000
Lady Bing Trophy Nominee = $250,000 (Most Gentlemanly Player)
Lady Bing Trophy Winner = $500,000
Conn Smythe Winner = $ 750,000
Jack Adams Trophy Nominee = $250,000 (Best Coach)
Jack Adams Trophy Winner = $750,000
Art Ross Trophy Winner = $1,000,000
Maurice Richard Trophy Winner = $750,000

Salary Cap
The PTHL's financial system will mimic that of the NHL by implementing a 56.7 million dollars (the salary floor is 40.7 million).Teams are expected to use revenue money to help pay for the costs of the team. Teams must be under the salary cap at all times. Exceeding the cap can lead to a fine and a top player being put on waivers

    *Salary Cap of $44.0m on Pro Roster (top 25 players/salaries)

    *Waivers - ALL players 27 years and older are signed to one way contracts and will be paid full salary regardless of farm or pro roster. These players MUST pass waivers to be put on the farm squad both in the preseason and during the season. They WILL NOT count towards the cap if they clear waivers and successfully get assigned to the farm.


Bankrupt Franchises
If a franchise ends up bankrupt (in the red) after all payouts, then the following limitations are instituted:
** Team cannot resign any RFA/UFA players (including their own) until they can get solvent. They may rescind rights on a series of players in order to protect a core player or two if the league approves and reasonable solvency is anticipated.
** If after Free Agency the teams payroll is still too high for reasonable solvency, then the team will be forced to sell off the contracts of highest priced players in order to obtain a reasonable payroll. The league will hold bidding for the team where other league teams will pay cash for the rights to the player and his contract. The resulting auction payment will be deposited into the teams current cash funds.