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07-22-2013, 10:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Estimated_Prophet View Post
My stance has more to do with playing hardball in contract negotiations than an absolute strategy. Unlike other sports, in the NHL the cap is extremely structured and there is little wiggle room and no forgiveness for bad contracts. With the ability to hide money in the AHL gone it is more important than ever to be prudent with long term signings. Bergevin's plan may very well become the standard before too long as previous management methods may be too risky for the rigidity of the current CBA. Asking me to site previous examples of this method is kind of misleading as the landscape has just recently changed....let's give teams some time to see if this isn't considered "best practice" moving forward.

That's fair. It's a far cry from 'that's how winners are built', and I agree with the bulk of your post.

p.s. Another team that seems to like to give out bridge contracts is the Avalanche. We'll have to wait and see if their strategy, like Bergevin's, pans out.

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