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09-20-2004, 07:29 PM
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Originally Posted by me2
Prospects using the college loophole to become UFAs who get bigger than usual salaries. This promotes envy amoungst other rookies.

TO offered Ohlund $2m/y as a rookie. That hurt the nucks, but I don't think it flowed through to the NHL as whole.
I don't think any of these contracts flowed through to the NHL as a whole. The articles is wrong about both the Kariya and Lindros contracts because neither player was governed by the entry level salary structure.

The Sakic contract did lead to the Lindros one. The Fedorov contract was also crazy and probably cost the NHL more than any other deal. Both Jagr and Bure had clauses in their contracts that went:

"If Pavel gets 40 goals, 90 points in season X, he is guaranteed the average of the top three players in the NHL." His salary jumped from $5 million to nearly $9 million when Fedorov made $28 million. Tkachuk's deal - another ill-advised RFA offered contract - was also inflationary.

When these offers were being made, salaries were increasing from 15-20% a year. Those kinds of increases ended several years ago. There is a clear distinction to be made between players who came into the NHL before the new CBA and after the new CBA.


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