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07-08-2008, 09:21 AM
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Is anyone else surprised that there weren't more front loaded contracts for the leafs this year?

If you want to be a bad team next year and maybe the year after wouldn't you consider signing good players for good contracts and front loading them heavily?

ie - Hagman got 12Mill over 4 years so have it at $5M in year 1, $4 Mil year 2 and then 1.5 in the 3rd and 4th. This way we could have taken advantage of our cap space but still leaving tons to play with when we're ready to make a run.

Just a thought.

EDIT - Can you pay a player what is "left over" within your cap space. As in, If a player takes a hometown discount and pay him $3M/yr and whatever is remaining under the cap pay them at the end of the year? (maybe $200k or whatever) - May be a stupid question but I'm just wondering.


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The cap hit is averaged over the life of the contract, it can't be manipulated in that fashion.

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The cap hit is averaged over the life of the contract, it can't be manipulated in that fashion.
Didn't Briere and Gomez do that on their contracts....Briere in particular...

"The contract is heavily front-loaded, with Briere to make $10 million next season -- double what he made last year. He'll then make $8 million in the next two years and $7 million during the 2010-13 seasons. The contract then tapers off with Briere scheduled to make $3 million in 2013-14 and $2 million in the final year of the deal."

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=2922605

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Again, those numbers are averaged to form the "cap hit". The cap hit can be different from what is actually paid out each year.

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Didn't Briere and Gomez do that on their contracts....Briere in particular...

"The contract is heavily front-loaded, with Briere to make $10 million next season -- double what he made last year. He'll then make $8 million in the next two years and $7 million during the 2010-13 seasons. The contract then tapers off with Briere scheduled to make $3 million in 2013-14 and $2 million in the final year of the deal."

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=2922605
Their money is front-loaded, but not their cap-hit. Cap hit is an average, but front loaded contracts are often more appealing to the players and make buy-outs easier.

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Didn't Briere and Gomez do that on their contracts....Briere in particular...

"The contract is heavily front-loaded, with Briere to make $10 million next season -- double what he made last year. He'll then make $8 million in the next two years and $7 million during the 2010-13 seasons. The contract then tapers off with Briere scheduled to make $3 million in 2013-14 and $2 million in the final year of the deal."

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=2922605
He might have, but the salary cap is the average over the contract, not a year to year thing.

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front loaded salaries gives management an advantage on moving the player towards the end of his contract. via buyout or trade. But cap hit always is avg. over the term.

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money paid and cap hit are different things.

I think there's enough examples/answers here,

closed?

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money paid and cap hit are different things.

I think there's enough examples/answers here,

closed?
Fair enough. Thanks for the responses.

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