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07-15-2012, 11:09 PM
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Originally Posted by bcjonny View Post
I think the big difference is the NHL had already accepted the contracts for Luongo, Hossa and Pronger. Along comes Kovy and he pushes the envelope just bit too far for the league not to step in. If I remember correctly the Devils were pre warned about the contract and defiantly went ahead with making him the 100 Million dollar man.

But looking at 3 years of 1 million after making 7 the year before is no less unethical.

The easy solve is to make the salary cap based on total annual dollar hit not average cap hits.
More to the point before the Kovalchuk rejection there was no defined ceiling limit in place meaning technically a team could have signed a player even longer. The prior contracts were pushing the envelop, but when the Devils signed Kovalchuk to a contract that runs until he's 44 they were forced to step in and set a limit or else the next wiseguy GM would have went even higher.

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