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11-09-2012, 09:58 AM
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The reason the league is pushing for it is:

- It creates an unfair competitive landscape. Big signing bonuses become bought players instead of hockey moves.

- It affects the product on the ice when the salary structure makes certain players overpaid, locked-in forever. (The montreal Canadiens fans don't get to move on from Gomez any time soon, for example)

To be clear the NHL doesn't give away more or less money to the players with the cap on contract length. That amount is fixed by HRR%. This is the NHL saying that the way things are now is kind of dumb, unfair and easily repaired with no great injury to either side.

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