Hey Adam. I’m interested in finding out what happened to contracts in the 2004-05 lockout year. Was a year of players' contracts burned that season or did they just continue with the same number of years remaining on the contract as if a year hadn't elapsed?
As a long-suffering Canadiens fan, I'm wondering if there is a silver lining in a potential lost season. Presumably, it would depend on the new CBA, but if the season is lost and a year of the players' contracts were to be erased, we would be one step closer to that happy day when Scott Gomez and the other terrible contracts from the Bob Gainey/Pierre Gauthier era (Andrei Markov, Tomas Kaberle, Rene Bourque) might be behind us and we can be serious about winning for a change. Thanks.
Mike Ponting, Edmonton
Hey Mike, All player contracts in a lockout year count just as they would if games were happening.
So yes, you lop a year off all the contracts you’ve noted if the NHL lost a full season. That would leave one season remaining on the contracts of Gomez, Brian Gionta, Markov and Kaberle. In a best-case scenario for at least Gomez and Kaberle, a cancelled season could be followed by a long-rumored amnesty buyout opportunity and one or both veterans may have played their last game as a Hab. Awful price the sport has to pay to get there, though.