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12-11-2012, 01:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Ziggy Stardust View Post
For the life of me, I can't fathom why a majority of players are unwilling to accept a term-limit on contracts when such a small minority of players even receive contract offers that or 5 or more years in length.

Here's the full list of players who are on 5+ year contracts in the NHL.

The list is mostly of star players, but there are quite a few free agent signings that received outlandishly long contracts in order for teams to circumvent the cap. This is one loophole that has to be closed in the next CBA, and the players should learn to accept it. The two other salary capped leagues have placed a limit on contract lengths, so it would be a natural progression for the NHL to adopt one.
I don't necessarily agree with it but some players have been quoted as saying that a five year limit will affect all player's ability to negotiate term: if the superstars get the max then the average player will not be able to get anything above 3 years.
I can see why players would not want that, but I think it would be great for the game so sucks for them.

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