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01-06-2013, 10:04 PM
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Originally Posted by tarheelhockey View Post
I'm not really worried about players faking injuries to go on LTIR, abruptly retiring after signing a massive contract, or heading off to Europe to give his team a cap break. Those are far-fetched scenarios that would require cooperation from the player, and would certainly not become an epidemic even if someone somehow pulled it off one time.

The major problem, circumvention by putting a "tail" of several underpaid seasons at the end of a contract, is effectively gone. That's the major step that was needed here and it appears to be resolved.
That was always the issue. For most reasonable people, they look at the deals of Hossa, Parise, Crosby, Luongo, Kovy and say, no way that player plays when they are 39/40 making $1 million or whatever.

Have other guys done that? Yes, but they sign deals on a year to year basis.

Kipper from Calgary, his salary this year will be prorated at $5 million, but next season, his salary drops to $1 million? Will he play? Unlike Alfie in Ottawa, Kipper's deal will not bind the Flames to a $5.5 million cap hit. Kipper was under 35 when he signed his deal. If Alfie didn't return this season, the Sens take the $5 million cap hit for Alfie regardless.

If Kipper retires, was it fair for the Flames to have had about $1 million less in salary cap hit per season during his contract up to this point?

From a player's POV it doesn't matter. Their escrow payments, or what is used to calculate their % of HRR is based off their salary. So, if you have a salary of 10 million, but a cap hit of $7 million, the $10 million is used to calculate the player's share of HRR. If it's above their share of the pie, players don't get back part of their escrow payments.

It's more about a fairness from a competitive POV. Whatever a player is paid in salary should be applied against the salary cap. Whether it's done right now or deferred to a future year, all money paid to a player should count against the salary cap.

If a player can't honor years 11/12/13 of their contract, they should not have signed one for that long of a term. But, each one who has signed this type of deal says that they are happy with the term and look forward to being a X player for the next 12 or whatever years.

Last edited by mouser: 01-07-2013 at 09:45 AM. Reason: quote tags fixed
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