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06-21-2009, 03:47 PM
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middletoe
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Originally Posted by nuckfan in TO View Post
that's the risk that you take with these front-loaded contracts. There are no guarantees.

But considering the age when the majority of players do retire, added to the low actual salary they'll be paid at that stage in their careers, there's a greater chance that they retire at that age, then continue playing beyond that.

That's the risk you take with these career-long deals. You hope you get a lower cap hit over its life, by front-loading it, and leaving the years when most players choose to retire on their own, at a very low $$ amount comparatively - so the players have earned their money by the time they hit that average retirement age, and won't have to incentive to keep playing into those years when most players retire.
They might not care about the money at that point. The incentive could be for example; a good shot at winning a cup or maybe a last chance to win the cup. You could want to be a part of it really bad, but have no choice but to retire.

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