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05-09-2012, 10:42 AM
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Originally Posted by jeh82 View Post
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.
OK, thanks for explaining. I thought if you had to retire because of injury, you still got paid, maybe not your full salary, but a percentage and then the team would recoup the money from insurance.

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