July 21, 2005; UPDATED: July 22, 2005
CBA Details Emerge

By Inside College Hockey Staff

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ESPN.com: Terms of the CBA

While it will take days, even weeks, to digest the 600-plus-page collective bargaining agreement that the NHL will announce on Friday, several details have emerged about the direction of the document.

Many of those details, like the salary cap, have been discussed in detail in stories like the one linked in the sidebar (above right) from ESPN.com.

2005 NHL Draft Order
1. Pittsburgh Penguins
2. Anaheim Mighty Ducks
3. Carolina Hurricanes
4. Minnesota Wild
5. Montreal Canadiens
6. Columbus Blue Jackets
7. Chicago Blackhawks
8. Atlanta Thrashers
9. Ottawa Senators
10. Vancouver Canucks
11. Los Angeles Kings
12. San Jose Sharks
13. Buffalo Sabres
14. Washington Capitals
15. New York Islanders
16. New York Rangers
17. Phoenix Coyotes
18. Nashville Predators
19. Detroit Red Wings
20. Philadelphia Flyers
21. Toronto Maple Leafs
22. Boston Bruins
23. New Jersey Devils
24. St. Louis Blues
25. Edmonton Oilers
26. Calgary Flames
27. Colorado Avalanche
28. Dallas Stars
29. Florida Panthers
30. Tampa Bay Lightning

NHL sources have shared other details with Inside College Hockey that pertain to college players, and that have been largely ignored or misinterpreted by many other media outlets. Of note:

• While NHL teams have a brief window to sign some 2003 draft picks before those players return to the draft pool, this does not apply to players still in college like Jeff Tambellini, Brian Boyle and Matt Carle (for a full list click here). As in the previous CBA, NHL teams will retain those players' rights while they remain in school.

• The 2005 NHL Draft will be held July 30 in Ottawa, a one-day affair that has been shortened from nine rounds to seven.

• All undrafted 18-, 19- and 20-year olds are eligible for the draft under the new CBA – 18-year-olds no longer have to opt-in to the draft.

• The so-called "Van Ryn Loophole" – which allowed Mike Van Ryn to become a free agent by leaving Michigan for major juniors – has been closed in the new CBA. Any NHL team that drafts a college player will retain his rights until Aug. 15 of the year his class graduates from college, even if he leaves school.

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