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06-17-2010, 11:55 AM
Smoke Monster
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Montreal has to smarten up and take advantage of the cap savings that these long term contracts provide by allowing a team to squeeze extra talent per cap hit . If a player is not effective anymore than it will be in his interest to retire, thereby erasing his cap hit. A buy-out is not a realistic option for huge long term contracts. But if the player retires or is still effective for the remainder of his contract than the cap savings a long term contract provides to a team gives it a huge advantage by allowing it to squeeze every ounce of talent per cap-hit out of each player. The risk of signing a player to a long term contract is low when he has proved that he is not injury prone and also proven to be consistent like Plekanec, Kovalchuk, and Halak have. Long term contracts of 11-13 years are not so unusual anymore. Gomez, Ovechkin, Keith, Luongo, Zetterberg, Hossa, and Lecavalier have them. They are becoming the norm.

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