2012-13 Lockout Discussion Part VIII: "The 11th Hour" Edition
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12-06-2012, 11:40 AM
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I think they will. Every contract that's signed is in some way relative to past contracts that are signed. What you wrote is indeed what I'm suggesting. Top players will get five year deals. Lesser players are going to have to have to settle for less--GMs will take the approach that, "Player X is great and he got five years, there's no way we're giving you the same." Some lesser players may see longer-term deals still but on average you'll see less and less.
I completely disagree.
The owners are attempting to get the length of contracts under control with a "cap" on them via the rules through the CBA.
Once the bidding starts, the inherent flow of those deals is to escalate, because that's the nature of bidding.
It would be unfathomable to me to see a downward swing in new contract lengths.
If the Rangers only want to give Del Zotto a three year deal, someone else will give him four or five, as long as they can afford him under the cap.
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