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12-10-2004, 02:12 PM
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NHLPA says 592 players with 90 or more days of service during the 2003-2004 season have contracts signed for the 2004-2005 season. Those deals amount to $1,123,391,657, reduced by the 24% rollback and the league saves $269,613,998. For 2005-2006, 288 players are signed for $660,353,895 so the league would save $158,484,935 and in 06-07, 112 players totalling $336,198,722 with a savings of $80,687,693.
The problem with the 24% rollback--or any roll back--is that it doesn't apply to free agents. So the savings aren't truly what those numbers indicate. It'll lower the middle level FAs, since the league average will be lower--but that's not the problem. The problem is the big contracts, and this roll back will not do much of anything in the big contracts.

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