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.
Sad part of it, Rangers are going to remain middle of the pack (or lower)for quite some time. Can't wait to see how far this team falls when Henrik looks to get paid. Team is going to have to look to make a few trades, as compared to signing FA's