Post by Jord v4 on Jul 5, 2019 7:21:55 GMT
There's been a lot of talk about this recently ref. Panthers official website news over Farmer being under such a contract for next season so here's a better post/thread for what it is/does.
The EIHL protection contract prevents a player (Brit or import) from joining another EIHL team without the consent of the EIHL team owning the player for the duration of that contract. In theory it's the same as NHL teams owning a player's rights, the EIHL team holds the rights of the player for that league.
If the team chooses to release the player themselves then in theory the EIHL part is voided & they can join another EIHL team.
If either the player wants to move to another EIHL team or another EIHL team wants the player then then they have to pay the team owning the player for the EIHL rights. If the player is returning to the EIHL from another league while under an EIHL contract then that team holding the contract own his rights. If any other team wants that player or the player wants to go to another EIHL team then the interested team have to purchase the EIHL rights from the owning team.
So it doesn't matter where the player is playing currently, the EIHL contract for that season means he belongs to that team for the duration. Farmer for example is under Panthers EIHL rights for 2019/20. He cannot join another EIHL team for 2019/20 unless Panthers agree to it, if any team want Farmer & the Panthers agree to it then they would have to purchase the EIHL rights from Panthers.
There have been a few EIHL to EIHL moves in the past few years as examples, quite often the owning clubs aren't too happy about the moves happening.... I'm sure you can think of some if you recall twitter comments from the usual sources.
Whether or not all EIHL teams use these contracts I'm not sure.... but I susect they are, certainly for their higher valued players to stop them being poached from another EIHL team. Panthers certainly did in the past & almost certainly are still doing so now for multi year deals for Brits & imports.