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For how long did every agent, every player -- often orchestrated by the union -- drive every contract negotiation to the highest possible dollar, whether or not the team offering the contract could truly afford it?

We've always said, don't blame Shawn Horcoff for signing a six-year, $33-million deal. Or Scott Gomez (seven years, $51 million). Or Wade Redden (six years, $39 million.) I would have signed it; you would have signed it.

That does not mean, however, that there are no repercussions for draining far more from the game than one's value as a player deems appropriate. As a whole, that's what players have done: Taken more from the coffers than the game can afford to give them over the years, and now the pendulum swings back.

-Mark Spector of Sportsnet where you can read more on this topic.

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The fallacy here, though, is that except in very rare circumstances—teams in need or reaching the cap floor—the owners and general managers never HAD to give out these contracts, never HAD to acquiesce to the players’/agents’ demands. 

It’s the same thing with the negotiation right now for no long-term contracts.  Really?  Is this worth a fight?  Here’s an idea: don’t offer these deals!  And if an agent asks for one…say no!

Posted by nosferatu from Albany, NY on 11/23/12 at 04:57 PM ET

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That does not mean, however, that there are no repercussions for draining far more from the game than one’s value as a player deems appropriate. As a whole, that’s what players have done: Taken more from the coffers than the game can afford to give them over the years, and now the pendulum swings back.

Players’ salaries tied directly to HRR.  When a player is overpaid, he is taking more money than he deserves from his fellow players, not from the league and their cost-certainty.

It’s quite sad that somebody with a national voice can’t seem to ever remember that basic tenet of the last CBA.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 11/23/12 at 06:31 PM ET

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Director is such a tool. I have a hard time remembering when I’ve seen an article of his linked which was not crap. His premise here is completely uninformed.

Posted by teldar on 11/24/12 at 05:50 AM ET

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Spector. Damn autocorrect

Posted by teldar on 11/24/12 at 05:53 AM ET

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