Something to remember: Teams compensated for management losses, too

It happened so quietly that it is certainly worth reminding people of it as the NHL offseason approaches for some teams.

The board of governors last June agreed to bring back compensation for team personnel hired away by other clubs.

For years there was no such compensation, the league becoming fed up with the controversy that surrounded the practice, most notably when the Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins feuded over the draft-pick compensation after Peter Chiarelli left Ottawa to become the Bruins' general manager in summer 2006.

There was tension, too, when Dean Lombardi left the Philadelphia Flyers to become the Los Angeles Kings' GM.

If you allowed a guy to get hired elsewhere, that was it. You got nothing in return.

That wasn't really fair for a team such as the Detroit Red Wings, who lost the likes of Steve Yzerman and Jim Nill, both of whom became GMs elsewhere.

But compensation is back, and here's how it works:

  • Only three positions that warrant compensation: president of hockey operations, general manager, head coach

  • The compensation for hiring any of those three (if they’re still under contract) is a third-round pick in the offseason or a second-round in-season

  • For the coach, his offseason begins when his current team's season ends. For a GM or president of hockey ops, the offseason begins only after the draft in June.

For example, in 2012, when the Montreal Canadiens hired Marc Bergevin from the Chicago Blackhawks to be their new GM, under the new rules the Blackhawks would have received a second-round pick from Montreal because he was hired in May, long before the draft.

At the end of the day, this makes sense. Just as organizations should be rewarded for drafting and developing players well and getting something for those assets, the same has to be true for developing bright hockey minds in the front office or behind the bench.