Quote from: Nik on November 09, 2022, 01:49:45 PMDoes the league really have the authority to tell teams who they can or can't draft? Or sign? Yes they need to approve deals but that's within the context, I'm assuming, of whether or not those deals comply with established rules and regulations in the CBA. I don't think they have any sort of authority to pass moral judgements on players who get signed and overrule the teams on these matters.
I suppose it would fall under the CBA's Article 18A "Commissioner Discipline for Off-Ice Conduct" where it gives pretty broad latitude if the player "has been or is guilty of conduct (whether during or outside the playing season) that is detrimental to or against the welfare of the League or the game of hockey..." The commissioner is able to expel or suspend the player indefinitely, or void his SPC (or impose a fine). There's a bunch of procedures they're supposed to follow to do that, but it pretty much gives Bettman carte blache if he thinks it's merited.