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I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure he needs to play in at least 10 games in order to burn a year off of his ELC, otherwise it would slide. With only 13 games left, one would hope that management would give him a 9 game try-out and allow his contract to slide and therefore, begin next year.
Nope, despite the likes, you’re incorrect. See Mittelstadt, Casey; Gaudreau, Johnny for a couple examples. Gaudreau played just 1 game and a year was burned off. Same will happen for Hughes. It’s an exception to the 10-game rule as @SabresFan1996
The story is Hughes would only sign if a year is burned off & he becomes an RFA come 2021. I’m not sure about his eligibility for the expansion draft however, a concern raised by @HockeyWise
, but if it’s tied to the same criteria then he could be considered eligible with 3 pro years under his belt by the time of the 21 draft. Not like Vancouver has anyone on defence they’d probably want to really hold onto by that point.
It’s reasons like this why I was the only one, it seems, who voted “no” to this contract! What the hey guys? Better to wait 15 months til he’s played 3 years in college and push back his RFA date to 2023. Or trade him if the little brat won’t sign.