About These Long Term Deals

Everyone seems to be complaining about these long term deal saying they circumvent the cap.  I agree to some extent, but there are a few factors that people need to account for.  One is the age when they signed the deal, so how likely are they to play out their deal.  Also related to that is the length of the deal.  Also, how many years is the salary above the cap hit on the contract.  This idea of tacking on years to lesson the cap hit has been around since the lockout.  Essentially, any contract that does not pay the same annual salary is circumventing the cap, as there has to be a years in which one salary does not equal the highest salary of the contract.  I agree some deals are obviously done to lessen the cap hit, while others are not necessarily that way.  It really doesn’t make a difference though, as by doing this, teams who pay high salaries but have low cap hits become less flexible player movement wise than teams who can’t pay those high salaries to players, so there is no real advantage. These are all of the long term deals in the NHL in which a player makes at most 50% of their salary at the end of their contract than they did in the beginning or middle.

Marc Savard (7 yrs, 4.007 per)
7, 7, 6.5 5, 1.5, .525, .525

Duncan Keith (13 years, 5.538 per)

Marian Hossa (12 years, 5.233 per)
7.9, 7.9, 7.9, 7.9, 7.9, 7.9, 7.9, 4, 1, 1, .750, .750

Henrik Zetterberg (12 years, 6.083 per)
7.4, 7.75, 7.75, 7.75, 7.5, 7.5, 7.5, 7.5, 7, 3.35, 1, 1

Johan Franzen (11 years, 3.955 per)
5.5, 5, 5.25, 5.25, 5, 5, 5, 3.5, 2, 1, 1

Danial Alfredsson (4 years, 4.875 per)
7, 7, 4.5, 1

Daniel Briere (8 years, 6.365 per)
10, 8, 8, 7, 7, 7, 3, 2

Mike Richards (12 years, 5.75 per)
5.4, 5.6, 6.4, 6.6, 8.4, 7.6, 7, 6, 5.5, 4.5, 3, 3

Chris Pronger (7 years, 4.921 per)
7.6, 7.6, 7.2, 7, 4, .525, .525

Dany Heatley (6 years, 7.5 per)
10, 8, 8, 8, 6, 5

Vinny Lecavalier (11 years, 7.727 per)
10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 8.5, 4, 1.5, 1

Ryan Malone (7 years, 4.5 per)
6, 6, 6, 5.5, 3, 2.5, 2.5

Mattias Ohlund, (7 years, 3.607 per)
4, 4, 5.5, 5, 3.75, 2, 1

Roberto Luongo (12 years, 5.333 per)
10, 6.716, 6.714, 6.714, 6.714, 6.714, 6.714, 6.714, 6.714, 3.382, 1.618, 1, 1

The Alfredsson, Heatley, Richards and Malone deals are ones that circumvent the cap, yet no one has complained about them as much as some others like Hossa, Pronger, Luongo and more.  One way to fix this would be for the salary of a contract be the cap hit.  This would mean more even spread deals in which the salaries were constant.  It could also open up a can of worms though since cap hits could change year to year, so it could be a two year deal worth 10 million, with salaries of 1 million and 9 million.  But the chances of that are remote as no team would want that and there is no incentive to the player.  The other option would be to limit the length of deals to a maximum of 7 or 8 years for players over 30 and under and 5 years for players 33 or older.  This would eliminate the “BS” years at the end of deals.  But as of now, these deals are legit, like it or not.


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4 Responses to About These Long Term Deals

  1. Bruins says:

    JOHNNY B!!!!!!!!

  2. Bruins46 says:

    Did anyone else catch the camera on Phil with a few minutes left in the game? Looked like he thought he was going out, then didn’t have to. He sat back down SO quick! He was completely invisible tonight and it was great. Komisarek a tough guy as usual tonight since Lucic was in the press box.

  3. Gcole says:

    wish they couldve kept it together and got the shutout… awesome game though

  4. very informative thank you for a nice site

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