I wonder how these 9 year contracts actually play out. The assumption is that the cap will continue to increase, since in the first few years it's increased a fair amount. At what point does the cap start to level off? Weird thinking Vinnie will be 37 when his contract is up (and I will be 48). The kids grow up so fast.
I love it when players show loyalty to a team even when they struggle. I also love great players staying with one team their entire careers. Considering Hossa's expected to get $8.5 million a year, giving Vinny $8.55 million a year is a steal.