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10-17-2012, 07:56 PM
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I in the Eye
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Originally Posted by tempest2i View Post
Pretty much yes.

I know it sounds silly at first, but Bettman appears to be a proud man. I really do get the feeling that Bettman wants to punish a few of the people who employ him.

I think he has strong enough control over the owners to get away with it too.
I think it's more likely he's trying to address Fehr's stance that it's the owners' responsibility for handing out the contracts... It doesn't make much sense to have this clause, with short contract limits (5 years)... So, when the NHL agrees to a higher contract limit (like they will need to do, IMO), this mechanism is in there to help prevent cap circumvention in future long term contracts...

I'd bet that existing contracts get grandfathered in... We'll see (hopefully, pretty soon)...

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