Cap Circumventing Contracts
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07-16-2012, 01:57 AM
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I can understand why the league was upset with the Kovy contract, but it didn't make sense to punish New Jersey. I also am tired of hearing about "cap circumventing contracts" because these are entirely artificial rules that the league made up and the contracts follow those rules. Plugging the Kovy loophole makes sense and a further "fix" for this non-problem like this:
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I think they should just make all contracts stay on the books regardless of whether or not the player retires. It'd prevent teams from having a 7 million dollar player who isn't playing
can work, but there will just be another trick or loophole to take this one's place.
Limiting contract length is pointless, because the owners will just wind up overpaying for younger players, whine about it, and then have another labor stoppage. I don't see the problem if both a team and a player want to make that type of commitment.
Everyone assumes that these players will retire before they hit those low salary years, but I don't think that is really the way recent players have retired. Big name players that stayed healthy like Selanne, Lidstrom, Modano, and Whitney played through age 40, and there are other motivations beyond money to stick with hockey. Maybe Parise or Suter don't want to retire because they haven't won a cup or they are chasing some HOF numbers/record. In Brodeur's case, what does he have left to prove? A million dollars will still be a lot of money in the last years of the Richards/Parise/Suter deals and nobody can assume they will surely retire in 2018 or whenever just because their actual salaries will be lower.
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