Bob McKenzie: NHL doesn't need max contract length
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11-11-2012, 06:17 PM
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The Kovalchuk decision has already dealt with this issue. We have alfie playing on the Sens. Think he wants to retire instead of play? Which player would rather retire at 40 than play for a million bucks? None that were worth that contract in the first place.
If a player is offered a declining contract like Weber that sees him paid $1 mil in salary as a 38 yr old, you think he would rather retire than play for that? If he was a ufa, what would he get? About that same amount?
If players, GM's, and management teams know when signing the contract that their teams will suffer cap consequences if the player doesnt live up to their contract, and presumably in order to save the owner from paying one mil for a $5 mil cap space hit, a $4mil non cash expense in a sense, what would be the issue? A small market may be able to get to the floor cheaply and save money while rebuilding?
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