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08-03-2009, 02:02 PM
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Because if they're paying $8M now on a long-term contract with a $6M cap hit, it means they're going to save in some future years. Moreover, given the types of players we're talking about on these deals, it allows them to build marketing strategies around high-end talent in the long-term. And, as said, if the ownership group is thinking long term, they can assume some spending above their self-imposed cap for future spending below.
Cem on, this is America...do it on credit for now!
Now, a small market team might be less willing to give out such a deal to someone like Hossa who will be relatively old at the tail end of the contract, but they are now capable of locking up their franchise players to long-term contracts that take them through their prime.
But this whole discussion isn't about deals like the ones to Richards, Ovechkin, Nash, et al. Yeah, they can do those. But we're talking about the ones like Hossa's, where Chicago is going to be paying him more than his cap hit every single year of the deal except maybe '16-'17 where he makes $4M. If the team operates on a self imposed cap, they're not going to sign a player to a deal like that where the player probably won't see the years that would save the team money.
I also think the larger issue that is getting ignored here, as noted, is that you're seeing the "big market" teams cease being big players on the free agent market. The ONLY premier free agent the Flyers have signed since the lockout is Briere. You can include Timonen and Hartnell, but they were traded for and signed prior to free agency...since that summer we haven't been big players on the free agent market.
Great news if you're a small market club.
Sure, but that really has to do with the cap and teams trying to lock down their assets, not so much with front loaded deals. Actually, would Chicago have made a pitch for Hossa if they had to give him a cap hit of $7M? That doesn't seem like such a great deal for a lower budget team.
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