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09-15-2004, 04:22 PM
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Legolas
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NHLPA would never accept 2 way contracts to receive greater use. They would not want the teams to have the option to just send any player down to the minors. They probably hate it as it is when younger players like Spezza can get sent down.

Pro-rated bonuses encourage lengthier contracts such as the 6 and 7 year deals you see in the NFL and NBA. The counter to that is the accelerator clause where if you cut a player or trade him, you have cap penalties where the remaining pro-rated portion of a bonus is charged against the cap in the current year all in one shot. So, a rebuilding team could cut their high priced players, take the cap hit right away and then have a massive cap space the next year to rebuild. To maintain some competitive balance, you would have to have an NBA system where bonuses are limited so all teams are able to pay the same bonuses.

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