Free agency period and length of training camp/pre-season are also in play here.
yeah I understand that, but from what I'm hearing, camp is only gonna be a week long. that would put it at the 14th for the end of it, with a 15th start. Couldn't they start game while ratifying the CBA?
That is a really, REALLY good point. Presuming there is no language regarding existing "circumvention contracts" in the CBA we haven't heard about, you might well want to hold on to that amnesty buyout until summer '14 for that reason. He'll be 34 with a $6.67MM cap hit for 6 more years...
Certainly I'd want to hold on to it until I knew what the cap would be for '14-'15...
Richards has tremendous instincts and is top notch on the point. But his skating is subpar and he can't transport the puck etc. Production is not a given for him. And like a injury bug for a year or two could really set him back.
If he starts to struggle in the coming years, that buyout could be worth it. Especially if we also can target someone else on July 1st.
Look at Drury, Redden and Gomez. Y1 were ok. Y2, it started to smell. Y3 they were history all three already basically. Richard definitely doesn't have to follow that path. With Nash on board, if our PP takes off, he could be back to Dallas form before we know it. But I would lie if I didn't say that I was somewhat concerned.
Also, the owners did get contract limits, no more insane 10+ year deals given out that makes it less likely for other teams to be in the running for Free Agents. If all anyone can give out is 7 years, more people are in the mix.
You're mistaking people being happy with the league and being happy that their favorite sport is back. Huge difference.
Agreed. Honestly, as I've gotten older, I've more and more come 'round to the philosophy of "life's too short." I'm focused on the fact that the sport I love is back, my team should be very good (if not great) and I don't have to worry about this **** again for at least eight more years. I could give two ***** about punishing any of the parties involved.
Larry Brooks discussed the Redden situation a few months ago
Ironically, “The Wade Redden Rule” would harm Redden himself if adopted as written. An amnesty buyout would allow the 35-year-old to sign with another team as a free agent. But denied that opportunity (there is no amnesty buyout provision in the NHL’s proposal), Redden will be consigned to the AHL for the next two seasons while the Rangers operate with $6.5 million of dead cap space. They are not adding him to the roster.