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01-07-2013, 05:50 PM
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Originally Posted by sketch22 View Post
This is the part I think people are missing. If the CBA does in fact include the "recapture" clause, Hossa's cap hit will stay with the Hawks even after he retires.

Hossa (who will be 34 when the season starts) still has 9 years left on his contract (only 4 at his current pay rate). Does anyone here really think Hossa will still be producing (or even playing) at 38? Is hopefully 3-4 more years of Hossa worth 5 years of dead cap space?
I think some of the reason for frontloading those deals is so they could unload them to a payroll dodging team down the road. If I'm not mistaken, Hossa doesn't have a NTC or NMC so there will always be a team interested in a contract with a cap hit bigger than the salary. He becomes very tradable after 2016. I have little doubt that GMs like Bowman or Holland or Lombardi considered overpaying a little to avoid a trade restriction clause.

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