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10-23-2012, 10:08 PM
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Originally Posted by me2 View Post
I don't think it is that big an issue.

1). Luongo won't retire until the $6.7m years are up (6 years 2017-18), and probably the $3.8m year (7 years, 2018-19). So it's closers to 7 years of play and 3 years of retirement. We have to survive 3 years at $5m below cap.

2) We have 7 years to plan for it. Losing $5m in cap now would be a killer, in the 8th year with a bunch of planning it won't be that bad.

3) Look at our team: H Sedin, D Sedins Burrows, Kesler (injury wear down), Hamhuis, Bieksa etc are all going to be burnt out or close to it by 7 years. We are going to suck outside of goal unless we find a whole bunch of talent from someone because there is no where near enough on the farm. Win while we can.
Losing $5+ million in cap space is always a big deal and it completely undoes the work of getting players to sign cap friendly contracts.

Yeah the Canucks will probably be rebuilding by then, but it'd be a damn shame if Gary Bettman's politics and ego ruined the Canucks' chances. There is no reason for that clause in the CBA other than vengeance. All those contracts were completely legal within the old CBA but the NHL didn't like that they were too stupid to predict those kinds of deals and now they want to punish teams that had the cash to do them.

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