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Sharks allege early contact by Lightning

Did the Lightning, or someone associated with the team, cross a line when Sharks scout Cap Raeder was contacted about an assistant coaching job?

So far, San Jose isn't pressing the point, but it is believed upset that its employee, in its opinion, was approached without permission. NHL bylaws say that would be a problem, though Bill Daly, the league's deputy commissioner said, "That's probably not something we would look at absent a formal complaint."

Raeder was a Kings assistant from 1992-95 under Barry Melrose, Tampa Bay's next coach. His Sharks contract is up at the end of the month. So harm, if he is hired, would be minimal.

But bylaw 15(b) is clear that "no member club or any officer, shareholder, partner, employee, agent or representative thereof shall — directly or indirectly — tamper, negotiate with, make an offer to or discuss employment with any non-playing employee of another member club."

Sanctions include fines, loss of draft choices or stopping a team from employing the person in question permanently or for a certain period of time.

Sharks allege early contact by Lightning 06/18/08 [Last modified: Thursday, June 19, 2008 6:30pm]
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