A Brief Look at NTC’s/NMC’s

A lot of talk around the Saddlesphere the past couple days has revolved around Jarome Iginla. Trades, captaincy, all of that good stuff. (In the interest of disclosure, Iggy has always been my favorite player and I will defend him to the death.) This then brought on a FanPost on Matchsticks and Gasoline from LawrenceS on trading Iggy. While it’s fun to debate about this stuff, the reality is that he has a large contract, which limits the amount of teams he can play for, and a NMC, which pretty much ensures he isn’t going anywhere. Rarely do players actually waive a NMC/NTC, especially when said player does not want to leave. With that, let’s look the Flames’ players with NTC’s and NMC’s:

Jay Bouwmeester-NTC, Cap Hit of 6.68 Million.

JBo isn’t going anywhere. He’s one year into his contract, and while some find him disappointing due to his low offensive counting numbers, I believe he has had a season just barely good enough to justify his price tag. He eats a ton of ice time, is a great skater, and lugs around stars such as Dion Phaneuf and Steve Staios.

Ales Kotalik-Limited NTC, Cap Hit of 3 Million.

It’s been reported that Kotalik has a limited NTC to which there are 3 teams he would not accept a trade to. One is assumed to be Calgary, the other Edmonton. That means there are 26 teams in the league he could be traded to, discounting the Rangers and his other selected team. No one wants him, but it could happen. He can also be demoted or placed on waivers at any time.

Rene Bourque & Matt Stajan-NTC, Cap Hits of 3.33 Million and 3.5 Million

It’s not known if these NTC’s are limited or not due to the fact the new contracts don’t kick in until July 1st. More will become know then, but these guys are here to stay for the foreseeable future.

Robyn Regehr & Daymond Lankgow-NMC, Cap Hits of 4.02 Million and 4.5 Million

Both have had sub-par seasons to the casual observer. Regehr struggled in the early going, while Lankgow’s counting numbers saw a significant drop year-over-year. But both still play their position extremely well-Regehr remains a top shutdown defender who logs large minutes and gets significant PK time, while Lankgow drives possession better then anybody on the team, is excellent defensively, and is a Corsi monster. Neither of them are going anywhere.

Jarome Iginla & Miikka Kipprusoff-NMC, Cap Hits of 7 Million and 5.83 Million

Even if you want them gone because 1. you think their best days are behind them 2. you think they make too much 3. you want the trade value they have turned into players so this team can be good in the future 4. believe they no longer have a place in the Flames system, you need to pull up a chair right now and listen:

They are not going anywhere until their contracts are done.

There are a number of reasons for this, but the two most glaring are this: first, they make too much money to simply be dealt in a one for one deal. GM’s don’t like getting rid of 3 guys just so salary can work out-see the Dion trade. Calgary had to include Aulie and Freddie because the salary and roster implications of a 3 or 4 for 1 deal is huge. The same is true for Kipper and Iggy. The other reason is simple: because of their NMC’s. You only ask for a NMC if you don’t want to go anywhere, and vice versa. So tell me why, exactly, a player would want to leave even after they have asked for a clause in their contract that is there specifically to ensure they don’t have to go anywhere? The bottom line is that the only way these guys are going anywhere is if they specifically state they are OK with it.

So where does that leave us? We have one player out of these 8 who can be moved without asking. The very fact that these clauses exist is enough to guarantee that the other 7 will be Flames for years to come.

(All data from capgeek.com.)

  1. March 31, 2010 at 11:22 am

    You only ask for a NMC if you don’t want to go anywhere, and vice versa.

    This is not strictly true. Players will ask for NT/NM clauses so they can exert a degree of control over their circumstances going forward. It prevents the team from, say, trading you to the Edmonton Oilers (right Dany Heatley?). Further, GM’s often use them as a bargaining chip to lower a player’s salary demands in negotiations.

    • Justin Azevedo
      March 31, 2010 at 12:01 pm

      This is true, Kent.

      I should learn to speak in generalities when referring to generalities.

  2. Arik
    March 31, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    What I don’t get is why people assume they’ll never waive them. If a team wants to trade you and you’re going to a good team in a good city, why would you want to stay? It makes for a shitty locker room and relationships with the GM (right Kaberle?). What I’m saying is, if I was, say, Reggie, and Sutter said he wanted to trade me to…the Avs, I’d say yes. I might not want to leave Calgary, but I’d rather not stay if they’re making it clear they don’t want me.

    No fun for anyone.

    • Justin Azevedo
      March 31, 2010 at 5:22 pm

      Nobody ever does, that’s why. Aside from Kotalik, who was quite obviously unhappy and may had even asked to be traded, when’s the last time a guy with an NTC waived it without first stating he wanted out?

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