We had a similar situation during our draft tonight. I remember reading about this subject here, in A Year in the Life and a little in the OM. But I sure couldn't find it when I tried. We had a player request to be released from a team during registration this year. A board member signed off on it and everyone assumed that was okay. I brought it up to board members and the manager before the draft began that he should be allowed to trade for the player, instead of just losing him to the blind draft, but the board would have to vote on releasing the player to make it official.
I was told that because the parent requested the release, the player is automatically released and returned to the blind draft. If the manager had asked for the release, the board would have had to vote on it. I was also told that in this case, it doesn't really matter and it doesn't make any difference. I mentioned several times that player trades without board approval are not valid, but I was told that our DA was called and, like several other board issues, he signed off on the decision without a board vote. I was told not to lose any sleep over it and that this was a discretionary decision by the league president.
For future reference, where is it actually stated that a manager can try to trade a player who requested release, instead of just losing the player altogether? And is there actually an emergency situation where a player can be released by only one executive board member?
I'm losing sleep over this.