How does Group 6 free agency work?
A Group 6 unrestricted free agent is a player with an expiring contract who meets the following criteria:
- Aged 25 or older (as of June 30 prior to the opening of the free agency period).
- Has completed three or more professional seasons under NHL contract. A professional season is defined as 11 or more regular season or playoff games at ages 18 or 19 and one or more regular season and/or playoff game at ages 20 and older.
- Has played in fewer than 80 games as a skater or 28 games as a goaltender (minimum of 30 minutes).
For players with 2012-13 counting as a professional season, transition rules to account for the lockout-shortened schedule apply and result in lower games-played requirements. The following are the adjusted games-played totals for skaters and goaltenders:
- Three professional seasons: 69 and 25
- Four professional seasons: 72 and 26
- Five professional seasons: 74 and 26
- Six professional seasons: 75 and 27
- Seven professional seasons: 76 and 27
Examples of how these totals are calculated follow.
- Three professional seasons: [(82+82+48)/246] * 80 = 68.9 (round up)
- Four professional seasons: [(82+82+82+48)/328] * 80 = 71.7 (round up)
CBA reference: Section 10.1 (c-i )(P. 28-29)