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11-12-2012, 04:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Mr Jiggyfly View Post
Crosby just gave his owner(s) about 50m extra to spend so I think he understands the art of give and take here.

I'd like to see the owners win on most of the contracting issues, because it will help teams like the Pens control costs and keep their better players.

But the point he is making is pretty valid. If the players are coming down 7%, why would they also give in on contract issues that also helps to keep their salaries down as well?

I still don't get why ELCs are a sticking point.
It's all about reducing the players leverage for the 2nd contract, allowing teams to maintain their homegrown players longer at a lower cost. 2 years ELC, 5 year maximum length on contracts and UFA after 8 seasons leaves the players with very little, if any, leverage for their 2nd contract.

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