The Difference Between No-Trade And No-Movement Clauses And The NHL Players That Have Them

The definition of no-trade and no-movement clauses – 

February 29, 2016, is the NHL trade deadline and in the upcoming weeks, you are bound to hear plenty of trade banter around the NHL and more importantly, if you’re a Jets fan lots of trade rumours surrounding Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien (if they haven’t signed contract extensions before the deadline).

You are also going to hear about certain players that might have to waive a no-movement clause (NMC) or a no-trade clause (NTC) they have in their contracts.  Below is some info on how NHL players become eligible for these clauses, their definition, and a list of the players that have them.

No-Movement Clause (NMC) and No-Trade Clause (NTC) Eligibility:

Once a National Hockey League player has played seven years or reached twenty-seven years of age (Group 3 Free Agent Status) he is eligible to qualify for the NMC or NTC in his contract.  These clauses can start mid-contract once the player reaches his Group 3 status. (example: in the fourth year of a seven-year deal)

There are basically two types of movement clauses NHL GMs need to pay attention to and/or work around with some players.

The No-Movement Clause:

A No-Movement Clause prohibits a team from moving a player by trade, waivers, or assigning that player to the minors without the player’s consent. This keeps the player with the pro team unless the player approves one of these moves. The player has the final say.  Some players will often have a limited trade list here as well.   A No-Movement Clause does not restrict a team from buying out or terminating a player’s contract.

The No-Trade Clause:

A No-Trade Clause is much less restrictive.  It only places restrictions on movement by trade.  A player with a No-Trade Clause cannot be traded by a team unless the player provides consent.  A limited (partial or modified) No-Trade Clause is often less restrictive than a full No-Trade Clause and depends on the conditions negotiated in the player’s contracts.  Often with these No-Trade Clauses, the player is asked to provide a list of teams to which he would be willing to be traded or NOT traded to.  This list can change or fluctuate from season to season. 

This is the updated list of NHL players that have some sort of movement restriction. 

TEAM                NO-TRADE CLAUSE                                                 NO-MOVEMENT CLAUSE
Winnipeg

Jets

 

Dustin Byfuglien (5 team no-trade)

Andrew Ladd (limited)
Bryan Little (limited)
Mark Stuart (limited)
Blake Wheeler (limited)

Tobias Enstrom

 

Anaheim

Ducks

Kevin Bieksa
Andrew Cogliano (limited)
Ryan Kesler
Ryan Getzlaf
Corey Perry
Arizona

Coyotes

Nicklas Grossman (limited)
Martin Hanzal (limited)
Shane Doan
Zbynek Michalek (8 team no-trade)
Mike Smith
Boston

Bruins

Matt Beleskey
Loui Eriksson (15 team no-trade)
Chris Kelly (8 team will trade)
Brad Marchand (limited)
Dennis Seidenberg
Patrice Bergeron
Zdeno Chara
David Krejci
Tuukka Rask
Buffalo

Sabres

Josh Gorges (15 team no-trade)
David Legwand (limited)
Matt Moulson (limited)
Zach Bogosian
Brian Gionta
Ryan O’Reilly
Calgary

Flames

Michael Frolik (10 team no-trade)
Mason Raymond (limited)
Matt Stajan (limited)
Dennis Wideman
Carolina

Hurricanes

Ron Hainsey (limited)
John-Michael Liles (limited)
Eric Staal
Jordan Staal
Cam Ward
James Wisniewski (10 team no-trade)
Chicago

Blackhawks

Bryan Bickell (limited)
Rob Scuderi (limited)
Brent Seabrook (limited)
Corey Crawford
Niklas Hjalmarsson (limited)
Patrick Kane
Duncan Keith
Jonathan Toews
Colorado

Avalanche

Gabriel Landeskog (limited)
Carl Soderberg
Brad Stuart (7 team will trade)
Alex Tanguay (limited)
Francois Beauchemin
Jarome Iginla
Erik Johnson
Columbus

Blue Jackets

Rene Bourque (limited)
David Clarkson (limited)
Sergei Bobrovsky
Brandon Dubinsky (limited)
Nick Foligno
Scott Hartnell
Fedor Tyutin (limited)
Dallas

Stars

 

Jamie Benn (10 team no-trade)
Alex Goligoski (limited)
Kari Lehtonen
Travis Moen (limited)
Antti Niemi
Johnny Oduya (12 team no-trade)
Patrick Sharp (limited)
Jason Spezza (10 team no-trade)
Detroit

Red Wings

Jonathan Ericsson (limited)
Mike Green
Jimmy Howard (10 team no-trade)
Niklas Kronwall (limited)
Pavel Datsyuk
Edmonton

Oilers

None Andrew Ference
Andrej Sekera
Florida

Panthers

 

Dave Bolland (limited)
Brian Campbell (8 team will trade)
Jussi Jokinen (limited)
Willie Mitchell (limited)
Roberto Luongo
None
Los Angeles

Kings

Dustin Brown (7 team no-trade)
Milan Lucic (limited)
Luke Schenn (limited)
Jonathan Quick (limited)
Christian Ehrhoff
Vincent Lecavalier
Minnesota

Wild

Devan Dubnyk (10 team no-trade) Niklas Backstrom (limited)
Mikko Koivu
Zach Parise
Jason Pominville (limited)
Ryan Suter
Thomas Vanek
Montreal

Canadiens

Alexei Emelin (limited)
Andrei Markov (16 team no-trade)
Tomas Plekanec (limited)
Jeff Petry
Nashville

Predators

Mike Fisher
Paul Gaustad (limited)
James Neal (8 team No-trade)
Eric Nystrom (limited)
Pekka Rinne (limited)
New Jersey

Devils

Mike Cammalleri
Andy Green
Cory Schneider
Travis Zajac
Ryane Clowe
Patrik Elias
Tuomo Ruutu
New York

Islanders

None Johnny Boychuk
New York

Rangers

Derick Brassard (limited)
Dan Girardi (limited)
Dominic Moore (limited)
Rick Nash
Mats Zuccarello
Dan Boyle
Henrik Lundqvist
Marc Staal
Ottawa

Senators

Colin Greening (limited)
Clarke MacArthur (limited)
Marc Methot (10 team no-trade)
Milan Michalek (limited)
Chris Neil (15 team no-trade)
Chris Phillips (10 team no-trade)
Bobby Ryan (10 team no-trade)
Philadelphia

Flyers

Wayne Simmonds (limited)
Mark Streit (limited)
Claude Giroux
R.J. Umberger (10 team no-trade)
Pittsburgh

Penguins

Trevor Daley (limited)
Pascal Dupuis (8 team no-trade)
Patric Hornqvist (limited)
Sidney Crosby
Marc-Andre Fleury (12 team no-trade)
Phil Kessel (8 team will trade)
Kris Letang (12 team no-trade)
Evgeni Malkin
San Jose

Sharks

Brent Burns (limited)
Logan Couture (limited)
Paul Martin (6 team no-trade)
Joe Pavelski (limited)
Raffi Torres (limited)
Marc-Edouard Vlasic
Joel Ward (limited)
Patrick Marleau
Joe Thornton
St. Louis

Blues

David Backes
Patrik Berglund (7 team no-trade)
Jay Bouwmeester
Troy Brouwer (limited)
Paul Stastny
Alexander Steen
None
Tampa

Lightning

Matt Carle (limited)
Braydon Coburn (12 team will trade)
Jason Garrison
Anton Stralman (limited)
Ben Bishop
Ryan Callahan
Valtteri Filppula (limited)
Mattias Ohlund (limited)
Steven Stamkos
Toronto

Maple Leafs

Tyler Bozak (12 team will trade)
Joffrey Lupul (14 team will trade)
Dion Phaneuf (10 team will trade)
Stephane Robidas (limited)
Nathan Horton
Vancouver

Canucks

Alexnader Burrows
Alexander Edler
Jannik Hansen
Chris Higgins (8 team will trade)
Dan Hamhuis
Ryan Miller (5 team will trade)
Radim Vrbata
Daniel Sedin
Henrik Sedin
Washington

Capitals

Nicklas Backstrom
Jason Chimera (limited)
Matt Niskanen  (limited)
Alex Ovechkin (10 team no-trade)
None

(if I have inadvertently missed anybody please let me know)

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Mitch Kasprick (862 Posts)

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