Potatoe1 wrote:Not only would we have major cap problems starting next summer but we would be absolutely screwed by the rules concerning Lu's contract.
I think the proposed new rule on long-term contracts is a mechanism to make future extended-term deals more onerous and less appealing.
I think the PA will give in a bit on HRR (not 50/50 right away), but they definitely do not want caps on contract length.
To be honest, I don't think teams want 5 or 6 year contract limits, and as I stated before, it will end up driving up the annual salary, and cap hit, that will result in a larger pool of significantly overpaid players, which is a problem the NHL will want to avoid.
The NHL started off with demanding virtually everything. Now they're relenting bit by bit, and we're hearing about more creative details that seem like possible solutions in a future deal.
The PA would have fought against the punishment of long-term contracts, but it sounds a lot better when the alternative is caps on contract length.
I think what we'll see happen is that the PA will be willing to start next year at 52-53% HRR, and be down to 50/50 by the third year, and there will be no caps on contracts, but deals signed beyond a certain time, say 5-7 years, will count against the team's cap even if the player retires. There will likely be other mechanism that will make long-term and front-loading deals more difficult.
As for Luongo's contract, I think current deals will end up being grandfathered, and if that's not the case the next CBA may have a solution.