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06-27-2008, 08:13 PM
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Originally Posted by DarrenTurcotte8 View Post
if jj loves nyc so much, why doesn't he ask the rangers to back-end a two-year, incentive-laden deal so they can sign sundin and JJ for 2009. With the money we are saving by NOT re-signing Avery, Shanny and Straka, we can afford Sundin at say 6.5 for 3 years, then bump Jagr up to a 12-million for 2, but 2009 will only be a 5 million hit, and 2010 will be say 7.
The cap doesn't work that way.

1) incentives can only be given on a 1-year deal, and that only once per player. For example, Shanny couldn't be given another incentive-laden deal because he was given one last year. And if that's what they wanted to do with Jagr, it would have to be a 1-year deal.

2) the cap hit is the average yearly salary, meaning a 2-year, $12mil deal would be a $6mil cap hit for each of the two years. You can frontload or backload the salary, but the cap hit is always the average amount of the total.

3) Backman isn't a 1st-pair defenseman, and using him that way would be fatal.

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