Tonight, Chris Johnston and friends are revealing the NHL’s rulings on conditional draft-pick trades that are outstanding. The most contentious was the Milan Lucic - James Neal swap:
The NHL has made a ruling on the conditions in the July 2019 James Neal/Milan Lucic trade: The #oilers will transfer their third-round pick in either 2020 or 2021 to the #flames to complete the deal.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) August 1, 2020
Edmonton has until the start of the third round in 2020 to decide which pick.
This also affects the Sami Vatanen trade to Carolina.
If CAR beats NYR AND Vatanen plays in 70 per cent of the Hurricanes’ playoff games (this does not include the play-in round), NJ gets CAR’s third-rounder this year....— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) August 1, 2020
If he doesn’t play twice against NYR, there’s no pick going to NJ. Easy!— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) August 1, 2020
Easy! Of course, the NHL had to get the Leafs involved in this last minute decision. The NHL, who hasn’t been able to decide if the Qualifying Round is the playoffs or not in all cases (see above for one where it isn’t), has decided that yes, indeed it does count for the Campbell-Clifford trade conditions.
The Maple Leafs received Kyle Clifford and Jack Campbell for Trevor Moore, the 2020 third round pick that was originally Columbus’s, and a 2021 conditional third-round pick.
Per Cap Friendly, the original trade conditions read this way:
Conditions: The 2021 3rd round pick upgrades to a 2nd round pick if either Kyle Clifford re-signs with Toronto OR if the Leafs make the 2019-20 playoffs and Jack Campbell wins 6 regular season games.
This is the new formula:
The NHL has also amended conditions in the TOR/LA Feb. 5 trade: The #leafs owe the #LAKings a 2021 2nd-rd pick if they win their qualifying round series and Jack Campbell gets two or more wins, or if they re-sign Kyle Clifford for next season.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) August 1, 2020
Otherwise, it's a 2021 3rd-rounder.
Assuming the and and or are still in the same format, this would mean that the pick becomes a second-round pick if:
Kyle Clifford is re-signed
The Leafs beat Columbus in the Qualifying Round and Jack Campbell gets two more wins.
The second condition is just the price you pay for winning, but the first condition is a choice, and I think we all know that the idea of this small increase in the price for Clifford isn’t popular. But we shouldn’t assume, so you tell me, would you change the pick that will be traded from a third to a second for Clifford?
Would the pick upgrade stop you from re-signing Kyle Clifford?
This poll is closed
I wouldn’t re-sign him
Now the harder question: if the pick condition is met by the Leafs beating Columbus and Campbell getting two more wins at some point, would you then go ahead and re-sign Clifford now that there is no price?
Would you re-sign Clifford if the pick is already upgraded?
This poll is closed