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03-08-2010, 02:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Larry44 View Post
The last two years of the contract are for $500K.

If Pronger decides he doesn't want to play, the Flyers will trade his rights at the draft to, e.g. St. Louis [insert name of team struggling to meet cap minimum]. He can say he wants to play in his wife's hometown or whatever.

Then over the summer he'll miraculously decide to retire. St. Louis won't be on the hook for the money, but but they'll be able to claim the $4.9MM cap hit against their minimum.

Same thing can/should happen to Briere and maybe Timonen too.

Cap room is a commodity and front loaded contracts with low cash outputs in the last years will be very valuable to cash strapped teams....
Won't matter to them. Pronger's case is special because he's on a 35+ contract. Everyone else comes off the cap when they retire.

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