It sure looks like the Flyers broke the NHL/NHLPA CBA ban on December 26 travel

03/01/2015 § Leave a comment

The NHL/NHLPA CBA is pretty clear: teams can’t travel or do team-sponsored things on December 24, 25 or 26.

Even if you have a game on the 27th, you can’t travel. Chris Johnston of Sportsnet is reporting the Flyers broke the rule, and there’s plenty of evidence that suggests he’s right.

16.5 (b) December 24, Christmas Day, and December 26 shall be off-days for all
purposes, including travel, and no Club may request a Player’s consent to practice on such days
for any reason, provided, however, if December 26 falls on a Saturday and the League has
scheduled NHL Games on such date, December 23 may be substituted as an off-day for all
purposes, including travel, instead of December 26.

The team says they waited till midnight to fly (which is passive aggressive enough in itself):

Except publicly-available data about the Flyers’ charter tells us it sure looks like they did:

(The link shows Delta 8949, the Flyers’ charter designation, leaving Philly at 8:42 pm on Boxing Day and landing in Nashville an hour and 42 minutes later.)

Penalties for CBA violations aren’t clear, though the league nailed the Kings for 100 large for letting suspended Slava Voynov participate in a team practice.

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