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