Mark Recchi's advice to players is to sign CBA now
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11-16-2012, 11:53 PM
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I think I said as much in my 'treatise' above.
Yeah, but the reasoning is slightly different. I just think they were lazy. The problems with creative contracts didn't come up until the cap started to tighten up. Most of the early contracts were of the terms and structures that you would have expected to be written into the document.
Except for some reason when Daly/Saskin/Linden were writing this thing on a bar napkin, they kinda forgot to get to the section where contract rules were defined.
So it's not hard to see why the league office WANTS these things and seems a little too hellbent on them. They forgot them last time. And it's not just protecting themselves from themselves, it's from the agents and the players are aware of this as well.
Some of this was defined by the Kovalchuk CBA agreement, but I don't remember if that was binding or just an honor agreement. If it was really a binding agreement between the two parties, this shouldn't be something that should take long in negotiations.
Of course they immediately all found another loophole, though.
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