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07-05-2013, 12:02 PM
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Originally Posted by LetterJ View Post
I thought front loaded contracts were no longer allowed:

Nathan Horton's deal with CBJ is 7 years, $37.1 ($5.3 AAV) but he gets $30M in first 5 years.
They are still allowed. It's just if Horton retires early, they will get a cap recapture penalty. The last 2 years pay him 7.1 mil. It's not that far below the AAV so not that big of a deal. And Horton is only 28. The only way he retires before 35 is due to injuries, and columbus can put him on IR every year instead of him retiring, a la philly and Pronger.

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