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09-22-2012, 09:40 AM
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Originally Posted by htpwn View Post
But they are still in the minority. Minnesota (Parise, Suter), Vancouver (Luongo), Philadelphia (Bryzgalov), Chicago (Hossa, Keith), Buffalo (Ehrhoff), New York (Richards), Detroit (Franzen, Zetterberg), New Jersey (Kovalchuk), and Nashville (Weber) are the teams that have signed players to cap circumventing deals. Los Angeles (Richards, Carter, Quick) and Pittsburgh (Crosby) also have deals that see significant drop in salary in the later years but are no where near as blatant.

9 teams (11 if you count the Pens and Kings) or just under (/over) 1/3 of the league have these deals, 21 (or 19) do not. A CBA needs a simple majority to be put in place (16 teams), meaning that Bettman should have more than enough support to push such a provision through the Board of Governors.
Simple majority ONLY if Bettmen approves of the CBA being voted on, i believe they need 8 ish more votes over the top to override Bettmens objection.

Don't fool yourselves kids, Bettmen is a little bit more then JUST a front man for the owners.

It matters little if it is perceived as cap circumvention or not, a retired player (before his contract expires) is a retired player.

DiPietro is signed till he is 40 , there are more examples of long term contracts where it aids the team if the player retires in his waning years, regardless if there was any perceived circumvention involved.

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