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11-14-2012, 10:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Mr Jiggyfly View Post
Ya, making 40m in year one doesn't matter. Right. That IS front loading.

The value of the contract is based on the signing bonus. That is what is the most important aspect of the deal, because it is guaranteed. It is considered part of the salary, and that is why you will never see a deal that isn't front loaded.
It's still "only" a 3 year $60M deal. He gets the upfront money as insurance in case he suffers a catastrophic injury, and then is "underpaid" for the second two years of the deal that will be honored, so there's a tradeoff for it.

Bring this stuff to the NHL and see how long they stay out.

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