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03-07-2013, 09:49 AM
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You can avoid the "Over 35" rule and the "Cap Advantage Recapture" rule by signing a 34 year old to a 6 year retirement contract. The Contract Variability rules are as follows:

1. Year to year increase/decrease may not exceed 35% of Y1 salary.
2. Max variance between highest paid year and lowest paid year may not exceed 50%.

Here's a hypothetical six-year deal for a 34 year old player:

Y1: 10,000,000
Y2: 10,000,000
Y3: 6,500,000
Y4: 5,000,000
Y5: 5,000,000
Y6: 5,000,000

AAV: 6,920,000

Theoretically you could get two years out of the contract where the cap hit is lower than actual salary paid, then the player retires without penalty to the club. But that would assume the player is willing to leave quite a bit of money on the table in those retirement years. Also, chances are that a guy worth paying that much money to in one year is not ready to retire the next.

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