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06-26-2005, 05:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Graveytrain
I would assume an extension means just that... a continuation of the existing contract at the same value... if the "extension" is for less money per year... you could simply call it another contract already in place once the current deal ends.
An extension is only for more years, the money in the later years is negotiated. Just because a player signs a contract for $20m over 4 years doesn't mean he's receiving $5m per year for each year of the contract. He might get $6m the first 2 years and $4m the last 2 years.

Hypothetically, if Brodeur has $10mil left on his contract over 2 years and he signs an extension that brings his contract to 5 years, $20mil... that would mean he gets $5mil for each of the the first two seasons and $3.3mil over the next 3. Anything else is called a renegotiation of an existing contract, not an extension. So, unless Brodeur agrees to spread the total of his new contract over the 4 years, I don't see how the Devils would claim $1.2m more of salary room under Brooks' scenario.

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