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by Paul on 07/06/12 at 10:48 AM ET
from Lynn Zinser of Slap Shot at the New York Times,
So more teams have now burdened themselves with immovable assets, which are lovely when they are all bright and shiny like Parise and Suter and turn into handcuffs when things turn bad. Clearly, no one learned anything from the first of these mammoth deals to go bad, the 15-year-deal the Islanders signed in 2006 with goalie Rick DiPietro, who almost instantly turned into an injury-riddled mess.
Two years ago, when the N.H.L. pitched a mini-fit over Ilya Kovalchuk’s beyond-absurd 17-year deal with the Devils — the franchise was fined and forced to re-work it — it seemed like the league was trying to curb the trend, which is clearly designed to circumvent the salary cap by stretching the cap hits over a longer span. But the mini-fit ended there. And the contracts just kept growing.
Remember that the next time owners like Leopold demand economic relief from the “system.” They are asking for economic relief from their own crazy decisions.
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