2012-13 Lockout Discussion Part VIII: "The 11th Hour" Edition
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12-06-2012, 01:09 PM
Can't Beat Him
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Washington, DC
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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.
Let's assume you're correct and I'm wrong.
What is the need for contract length limits? If you agree to a 5% variance from year to year, and reports are that the NHLPA is somewhat likely to agree to this, then "lifetime" deals become much less of an issue.
Why should the players be forced to sacrifice job security because the owners and GMs can't control themselves? You tighten up these loopholes and management will just find some new way to exploit the system and **** themselves. And predictably, they'll come back and try to force the players into conceding some other benefit.
It's just pain.
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