Why does Bettman wanna see a limit on contract lengths?
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11-13-2012, 12:56 AM
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There's also reasons why they should do this.
And those reasons make it more fair to the other 29 teams.
Allowing contracts (that are not meant to circumvent the cap), to be slightly front loaded makes perfect sense to both the player and the clubs. Something like a 4 yr 20m deal (8m, 6m, 4m, 2m), for an older player (say 33/34), makes sense for both sides. Allows the player to get paid, and gives the team some protection as the player gets older. In the beginning while the player is still in their prime, he gets top dollar, and as he gets older his salary is less so that should the team want to buy him out, or he has some massive injury that forces him to retire, then he's not leaving a lot on the table. There's a time and a place for
deals, and it's not these deals that the league is trying to prevent.
These contracts are not the ones anyone has issues with... it's the ones that start at 10m+ and end when the player is 40/41 with the last 2-3 years being 500k.
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