Home / Hockey / [Joe Smith] Jake Dotchin’s agent said they “respectfully disagree” with #TBLightning decision to pursue termination of contract. Will look at options available in CBA to appeal/fight this. Dotchin was put on unconditional waivers today after “material breach.” Has one year left on his deal. : hockey

[Joe Smith] Jake Dotchin’s agent said they “respectfully disagree” with #TBLightning decision to pursue termination of contract. Will look at options available in CBA to appeal/fight this. Dotchin was put on unconditional waivers today after “material breach.” Has one year left on his deal. : hockey

I think Brisebois is probing to see what a team can get away with.

When I wrote about the Richards settlement in 2015, my conclusion was that it opened the door for teams to probe the limits of contract termination for two reasons.

The first was that, because the CBA does not actually intend to carve out a way to terminate a contract, the provisions in the SPC for termination are vague, meaning teams can claim material breach for any number of things.

The second was that the cost/benefit of terminating for material breach was set down as being firmly on the side of “go for it.” The worst case scenario was that the termination would be overturned (there was certainly no talk about potentially punishing the Kings), and the likely scenario was that the player and team would reach a settlement that saw the club pay him less and still have him off the team.

Brisebois is a smart legal mind – he was a lawyer with Heenan Blaikie before becoming legal counsel for the Habs, and eventually their AGM. I think he’s probing the NHL to test the limits of how and when a team can terminate a player, and doing so at little risk to his team.


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