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12-26-2012, 02:04 PM
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Originally Posted by 4evaBlue View Post
By making sure that small market teams can keep their Weber-type players without having to match some retarded contract that will come back to haunt them in a decade.

As for 10 year CBA term, the league could give in on this, and this would be my bargaining point. Let PA have their 5 year CBA length (they seem to have grown fond of CBA negotiations) if it gets the league the 5-7 year contract cap.
So instead of Tavares getting a 10 year deal with a Cap average of $5 mil, he now will get a 5 year deal at $10 mil per with a Cap average at $10 mil and this will help NYI become more profitable and prevent the big rich teams from pillaging him away from the Isles?. A shorter contract term doesn't eliminate contracts that small market teams can't afford only shortens the years they need to pay them out, before its renewed for another 5 year term.

The reason the Owners want a 10 year deal is because they know they're clawing back HRR%, not paying guaranteed contracts in full and restricting player rights in all areas all to their own benefit at the expense of the NHLPA, and want to lock in those savings for as long as possible now that they have the PA cornered and at their mercy required to surrender to end the owners lockout, or face even more loss of wages in the process.

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