Explaining Type A, B free agents
The compensation rules were simplified in the most recent collective bargaining agreement, so that now there are only three types of players:
• Type A players, ranked in the top 30 percent of players at their positions. A team that signs a Type A player gives its top draft pick to the club that the player is leaving. The "losing" club also receives a supplemental pick in the "sandwich" round between the first and second rounds.