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12-06-2012, 11:00 PM
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I've been trying to get into the NHLs head when it comes to 5 year contracts.

a) 5 years? ELC + 5 years = still RFA?

b) insurance issue? (doesn't that come out of the 50% anyway).

c) NHL wants player churn - help keep talent roughly equal around the league

d) avoids de facto cap evasion through inflation and front weighting. Surely they could work something out around $=cap hit for the last few years.

None of the above reasons seem like deal killers even combined they don't seem enough for the NHL to refuse to deal. The only thing I can think of that might force the NHLs hand is the new "can't hide a cap hit, ever, anywhere, anytime" rule. Are they trying to avoid 10 years of a potentially bad franchise killing bad contract ie stuck with Bryzgalov's contract for 10 years no matter where you hide him.

There must be something being the NHLs paranoia.

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