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James Neal's next contract
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01-24-2012, 02:33 PM
Join Date: Jan 2004
We have no idea what the new landscape will look like after Fehr and Bettman fight over their agendas this Summer when the CBA expires. We don't even know how RFAs like Neal will be handled to be quite honest.
Fehr is IMHO a much tougher negotiator than Goodenow (who resigned shortly after the new CBA was reached).
The NHLPA never wanted a cap, and while this deal has ended up being much better than they expected, the owners are pretty adamant about adjusting a number of issues that could really affect the players earning potential.
The two most important issues the owners will be digging their heels into are abolishing guaranteed contracts and significantly raising or preferably removing the cap floor... they will also be trying to close off loopholes that have been exploited in the current CBA - such as limiting contract length to 5-7 years, avg. the cap hit by using the 3 highest paid years, etc.
With Fehr at the helm, things could get ugly if the owners aren't willing to concede on a few issues - perhaps there will be a soft cap.. minor luxury tax for overages... etc.
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