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Posted - 08/02/2010 :  18:46:13  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Poll Question:
How many years do you think the maximum contract length should be?



Edited by - Sensfan101 on 08/02/2010 20:21:57

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Posted - 08/02/2010 :  18:47:22  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think it should be around 8 years.

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Posted - 08/02/2010 :  19:28:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It really doesn't matter what people do. Max length, max cap, max number of salary years allowed on a team. Every single thing someone sets up to combat Kovalchuk type deals opens a door for a different way to beat the salary cap.

The CBA, as in anything else, is ruled by a single theory. Every time something is blocked it is saying that something else is open. Block the dollars, go to years. Block the years, go to something else.

Having a max length contract would completely useless in due time.
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Posted - 08/02/2010 :  21:48:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm of the frame of mind that, a simple (quick) fix could be something in the lines of:

When a player signs a new contract, that contract must have a constant pay (of the exact same value) for every year of that contract.

Example: Ilya Kovalchuk signs with NJ Devils for 5 years. Each year pays Kovalchuk $9M per year. His cap hit, is then $9M per year. No fluctuating, no changing period. The Cap hit then remains the same, per season, no averages needed.

If the player is worth (to your team), $9M a season. So be it. But, do not say he is worth $9M this year, but only $7.5 the year after and $4 M after that.

I believe this will help keep the cap hit/salaries very straight forward, and no team can then circumvent the cap by averaging out the cap hit to be lower, by front/back loading contracts.

Seems simple enough to me... I dunno.

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Posted - 08/03/2010 :  11:12:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am 100% with Irvine, and I have always thought this was the fairest (and by far the simplest) way to do it.

The consequences of such a rule (every year of a deal has to be of equal monetary value) would have the immediate effect of no such long deals . . . not even for the Crosbys and Ovechkins of the world. We know they will get old eventually, and we know the goal production especially drops off dramatically with age . . . so the longest deals I'd guess would be around 8, 9 years for guys like that, and it would drop downward from there.

The NHLPA would be 100% against it, however, while the owners would be 100% for it, so it'd be a tough one to put through.

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