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07-14-2012, 01:39 AM
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Originally Posted by edwardslane View Post
the 5 year ELC won't work at all.. Why would the next big russian Ala Yakupov,Malkin or Ovechkin Sign with an NHL team for 900k with no bonuses for 5 years when they could sign in the KHL and make 3+ million a season..

Yes the NHL is the best league in the world but seriously.. that's a difference of potentially 15 million dollars with those numbers being used.

I player could sign in the KHL at 19 years of age and play there until he's 22-23 then come over to the NHL when the money would be comparative.

The NHL needs to be careful with how they work those ELC's
I would assume since they're talking about taking out bonuses that they would up the base salary for the top drafted players to something like 2 million or something which is more than most get now anyways, considering the past contracts was something like 900k base + 850 for stuff like games played, certain number of points and then up to 2 million more if they win a performance award which players on ELC rarely get. so most don't earn more then 1.8 million now.

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