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12-22-2009, 02:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Vagrant View Post
Do you think that Kovalchuk wants quite a large portion of his money up front so that in his later years he can simply defect to the KHL and not leave much money on the table? I would certainly be hesitant to make that kind of deal if I were Atlanta.
It seems the opposite based on Waddell's quote. Waddell wants it front-loaded (probably so they can afford to pay the other players more when they are no longer on ELCs), while Ilya wants the term fixed (ie: X amount in year 1, and the same X amount in year 10).

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