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Those Front-Loaded Contracts

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, 

...  In the meantime, we are left to speculate on what, if anything, the league will do with back-diving contracts. 

Some theories: 
-- Could the new CBA recalculate back-diving contracts so that years left on a contract still count against the team’s salary cap even if said player retires? 

-- Could all long-term contracts, back-diving or not, be recalculated so that the five highest-salaried years count as the cap hit? Suddenly Hossa’s deal in Chicago would go from a $5.275 million cap hit to a $7.9 million cap hit under that scenario. 

-- Could all existing contracts, long-term or not, be recalculated so that the actual yearly salary for that season counts against the cap and not the average salary? Imagine Minnesota’s reaction if Ryan Suter and Zach Parise would suddenly go from counting $7.53 million (average salary of their new deals) against the cap to $12 million against the cap this season and next? 


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Anything could happen, but the NHL isn’t going to change things so much that their biggest market teams get screwed and end up having to dump payroll.

IMO they’ll write something in to exempt current contracts from those changes and then apply them to everything going forward.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 09/20/12 at 03:02 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

I LOVE the idea of the average on the five highest years. That’s how many pensions are calculated and it seems fair.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 09/20/12 at 03:15 PM ET


Like lowering the cap without a salary rollback?

Just because someone in the media says that isn’t going to happen doesn’t mean he’s right.

Posted by Garth on 09/20/12 at 04:45 PM ET

NIVO's avatar

i know no one will go for this, but kill that cap and lets have our all-star wings teams on the ice every year!

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 09/20/12 at 10:15 PM ET

creasemonkey's avatar

Why even bother signing contracts if a separate entity comes in to change the agreed-upon terms whenever it feels like it?

Posted by creasemonkey from sweet home san diego on 09/21/12 at 12:17 AM ET

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