i can't remember from all the rumours and the reality of what came of it. but what team gets tagged for that cap hit, if he retires early. is it philly or the preds?
But even before retirement, if he gets a serious injury, or declines, etc that contract could literally destroy a small market team like the Pred's. It's an enormous gamble (less for wealthy teams of course) for any team, but it's possibly a lethal gamble for struggling teams, and that is just not a risk you should take.