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01-06-2013, 07:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Callys Chicken Parm View Post
However, this was in the old CBA. The new CBA has a max variance. Teams will be much more hesitant when it comes to handing out big contracts now that they can't front-load them.
Maybe you're right and maybe you aren't, but I don't think Sather gives Richards a contract with the kind of variance he got without the looming lockout. The reason those deals were so crazily varied is that the signing bonuses were extremely high as lockout insurance. I think Richards, Parise, Suter and Weber still all get 7 or 8 year deals if the contract limits had already been put in place.

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