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08-15-2010, 03:44 PM
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Originally Posted by BiLLY_ShOE1721 View Post
Yes, they ****ing are. They deliberately added those last years to keep the cap hit lower. There are other types of cap circumvention other than giant contracts for guys that are under 35. It's you against everyone, wake up and realize it.
Of course they added the last years to make the cap lower. So what? Thousands of contracts do the same exact thing. It's called front loading and it is NOT illegal under the CBA. Do the Flyers get a benefit by doing this? Sure, they lower the cap hit ~2 million dollars. But if Pronger does not play the entirety of the contract there is MASSIVE risk in signing this and there are negative repercussions for the player not playing out the contract, in the name of 5 million dollars of dead cap space for 2 years. Compare that to Kovalchuk who when he wanted to walk away, would leave the Devils with zero negative repercussions on the cap. THAT is cap circumvention.

The issue has entirely to do with the 35+ rule no matter how many people want to deny it. If you want to argue that front loaded contracts are cap circumvention then please explain why the CBA expressly defines how much a contract can fluctuate year by year?

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