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10-15-2013, 03:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Protest View Post
The 35+ rules were implemented to stop teams from tacking on years to older players deal in order to reduce the cap hit by adding "fake" years. This is not what happened to Pronger.

It makes no sense to not have some sort of freak injury clause in the 35+ contracts that can be reviewed by the league. If you sign a 35 year old player to a 3 year $4m deal and he takes a puck to the eye in training camp and goes blind in one eye you're stuck with his cap hit if he retires. It makes no sense, and that is not what the rules were put in place for.
Freak injury or injury due to wear and tear, the point was to restrict long term contracts for older players.

The reason why you can't have a 'freak injury' clause is that teams could argue just about any injury is a 'freak injury' (especially any concusison) to avoid the penalty of keeping that contract on the books.

I deride your truth handling abilities
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