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07-19-2012, 12:46 AM
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This is what is wrong with the NHL. It's absolutely silly stupid that you can put together a contract like this. You know it's going to be front-loaded in such a way that there is an obscene amount of money being paid the first year. One of the biggest goals of the salary cap was parity, and to try to put every team on the same level(or close to it), without the big markets and richest owners having such a significant advantage. It's a shame the deal put together was so short-sighted.
This scenario, a big market team trying to use huge money up front to poach a franchise player from a small market team, is probably what will bring in shorter contract limits and not allowing wild swings in year-to-year salary increases/decreases.
Can't see why Nashville wouldn't match, though. They were prepared, at the very least, to pay Suter and Weber $16 million combined for the first few years, and probably higher than that(I believe Poile said he was disappointed his didn't have the opportunity to match Suter's offer). The most they'll pay Weber through the first couple years is less than that, and they can't afford to lose him for so little.
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