The NHL has announced it is suspending all trading in Canadian Maple Leafs-themed merchandise for a month beginning Jan. 15, to help reduce the impact of the NHL lockout.
The NHL has also announced that players and teams will receive $2.50 for every Canadian dollar traded in the NHL, and teams with 10-million-dollar budgets will receive up to $500,000 per season in cash.
“The Maple Leafs were founded in Canada as a tribute to Canadian Maple Leaf Gardens,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement.
“The league and its clubs are committed to helping the Maple Leaf community, and we look forward to seeing the club and its fans as they compete for the Stanley Cup.”
The move is part of a series of measures to try to curb the impact on the NHL from the lockout.
In addition to the suspension, the NHL has agreed to a $1.25 million payout to the NHL Players Association and to waive the 30-game suspension for players.
The league also will give $25,000 to each of the players on their NHL roster who are injured, and up to half of those players will be compensated with a salary cap hit.
Players will also be given a $10,000 salary for the first four games of the playoffs and will receive an additional $1,000 for every second playoff appearance.