Thanks for the explanation.Nothing is binding until the NLI which are only one year agreements to begin with and a sport like hockey is allowed to divide its 18 full scholarships among its roster and the coach can decide to axe your scholarship at any time or tell you you're not getting more which is a Sneddon special and it's why guys like Munson and others left. Either yanked a kid's money outright or told them they wouldn't get any more scholarship money despite playing really well. Verbal agreements are basically so other schools are supposed to back off that the kid has made his decision. The idea is they have a spot on the team but if they find a better player or you don't develop as planned they push you to juniors for more years before eventually just saying sorry no dice while still giving the kid a chance to play his way into landing somewhere else. So yeah a new coach can say to any kid go look in another direction especially those with nothing binding. Also, if there is a coaching change about half those kids who are slated to be here 2-3 years from now will all probably reneg on their commitment anyway. System isn't really equitable it's why more athletes are fighting back against some of the BS and good for them.