July 20th, 2010, 10:44 PM #211
I agree with you 100%, in fact I was just mentioning that to my wife a few minutes ago. I was just irked by how some people are letting their bias effect how they read Kovy's quotes.
Originally Posted by symbology
July 20th, 2010, 10:46 PM #212
This is the big question in my mind. What legal recourse does the NHL actually have? I disagree with you in the sense that I applaud the NHL for their decision to step in and attempt to take a stand against such a glaring attempt to circumvent and try to stop the bleeding, but when all is said and done, how is this decision going to be upheld if nothing in the CBA forbids it?
Originally Posted by dgrycan
July 20th, 2010, 10:46 PM #213
Well, their contracts are a little more understandable...
Originally Posted by DiehardKingsFan
It is circumventing the cap because it is likely he doesn't play past age 40 or so, but it has him locked up till age 44.
The way I look at it, is the NHL is trying to get the teams to stay true to their contracts...if this were the case oh lets just sign everyone to a HEAVY frontloaded deal and let them retire and us be rewarded for it.
July 20th, 2010, 10:46 PM #214
The solution for this is simple - you force teams to take a cap hit for the salary that they actually PAY during the season, allow varying years of contract, or you force them to pay the player annually the same per year.
July 20th, 2010, 10:48 PM #215
July 20th, 2010, 10:51 PM #216
Honestly everyone is thinking that Lombardi screamed to high heaven...I wouldn't be surprised if Uncle Lou was the whistleblower.
Originally Posted by jammer06
July 20th, 2010, 10:51 PM #217
Couldn't have said it better myself. In fact, it is the complete opposite IMO.
Originally Posted by PuckHead27
July 20th, 2010, 10:53 PM #218
Although I'm sure there probably were some calls made, does anyone really think it was necessary for anyone to go screaming to the front office on something like this? I'm pretty sure this would have been the conclusion they came to regardless.
Originally Posted by jerseydevil
July 20th, 2010, 10:55 PM #219
Nick Kypreos twated:
"Internal friction? Heard Bettman forewarned Lou/Devils early as Monday that rejection was good possibility. Devils chose presser anyway."
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July 20th, 2010, 10:56 PM #220
The NHL collectively needs to get their heads out of their ass and learn how to be proactive to prevent this crap from occuring.
Originally Posted by HockeyMariner88
The entire Brett Hull foot-in-crease was the perfect example of the "What if this happens, oh well, we'll just deal with it afterwards". They investigated the Hossa contract. What did they find? According to what I've read, they said they can't find anything that says the deal wasn't signed in good faith. I think common sense says other wise, but that's not a legal defense - as it's being used in this contract. Who's to say that Kovalchuk won't play in the league for 5 years at the minimum, or that the Devils aren't tickled pink that they'll have a 44 year old taking up $6 million in cap space. Both make no sense to me, but is that enough to legally prove that neither is probable?
In my eyes, the Hossa deal, at the time, was just as obvious as this one. This one only seems worse because it just pushed an already high bar even higher. The fact that the bar was already raised and a team was rewarded a championship as a result soils the NHL, IMO. The league should issue guidlines as to what they feel are circumventing methods in a contract, and let it be known to every team and every agent that if they disagree, they can battle it out in court.
I'm just tired of the league drawing a line in the sand after a bunch of people have already crossed it.