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05-09-2012, 10:14 AM
Jack de la Hoya
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Originally Posted by youthoftoday View Post
Wait, so if he has to retire because of injury, we still take that hit for the next 17 years he has left on his contract???!? I guess that makes sense. Weren't Hatcher and Rathje on the books for a few years after they were done?

Is there anything on the books about staying on LTIR for continuous years? Like, if he knows he can't play, can he do us a solid by not retiring?
Yes. He's a 35+ contract, so if he retires, for any reason, the Flyers have to endure the cap hit.

But it isn't just doing the Flyers a "solid." He doesn't get paid if he retires. He does if he stays on LTIR. Thus everyone assumes that, even if he never plays again, he won't formally retire until the conclusion of his contract.

There are rules about LTIR, but, as I understand it, he basically needs to go to the doctor every August, tell them he had a headache once during the previous 11 months, and that will probably be sufficient to maintain the PCS diagnosis. The League isn't going to challenge a Hall of Fame player's claim that he's been sidelined by a concussion--not in the current environment.

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