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“No one is going to be able to prove circumvention until one of these guys retires and by then we’ll be in a new CBA. But I’m comfortable that a number of these players are, in fact, going to walk.

“I don’t believe these players are going to play in their mid-40s. And I don’t believe they’re going to play for what they’re making in those final years. So it defies logic. It may not defy the CBA. But it defies logic to think that players are going to serve the term of all these contracts. So that’s why we don’t do them. And a number of teams don’t do them. If the league thinks that this is one that they need to look into, then we support that.”

-Brian Burke on what he calls “back-diving deals”.  More from Michael Traikos of the National Post.

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I seem to recall Burke saying something similar about no-trade clauses…right up until the time he gave one to Giguerre. If his miserable team could attract a good enough player, I bet he would do it too.

Posted by shep on 07/27/10 at 12:48 AM ET

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What needs to happen is that these ridiculously-low end-of-career salaries need to start being cited by arbitrators and by GM’s when used for other players in their contract demands.

What’s that, Mr. Spezza?  You want 7 years at how much?  Oh, but precedent has been set by Mr. Kovalchuk taking this very small amount late in his contract.  And you aren’t nearly the player of Mr. Kovalchuk…

I bet you then the PA would IMMEDIATELY put a stop to those contracts, if it meant other players losing salary leverage due to precedent.

Posted by Primis on 07/27/10 at 01:38 PM ET

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