Bob McKenzie: NHL doesn't need max contract length
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11-13-2012, 03:46 AM
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Many different ways to skin a cat.
If the main goal after the 50/50 and make whole are settled is to ensure no further cap circumvention contracts. Ie. Kovachuk, Hossa, Luongo, Zetterberg, Weber, Parise, Suter, Crosby, etc. down the line.
If the salary paid to the player can only vary by 5% each season from the cap hit, that works just fine. Or even, make it so that cap hit and salary are the same. So, wouldn't really matter if you signed for 3 years or 13 years, the team is still going to bear basically all of the cap hit when the player plays.
With the front loaded deals, take Luongo, who in the final 3 years makes a combined $3.6 million in salary with a $5.33 cap hit so $16 million in total cap hit for 3 years, if he retires before playing those 3 years, there's $9.4 million of real money that is never accounted for against the salary cap.
Just pick a method that is fair and move on.
Surely the 5% variation from year to year isn't what is holding up an agreement?
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