So what teams have screwed with the rules like this now?
The Hawks twice and the Wings once? Who else?
This is some crap if you ask me. It completely screws with the intent of the salary cap. I don't really blame the teams for doing it, but at the same time I'm pissed about it. It ****s up the competition for free agents, it ****s up the intent of the cap, and it ****s up competition.
It's really just not fair and it's blatantly spits in the face of the entire concept of the cap. There are rules and then there are loopholes, but this is a loophole big enough to drive a truck through and I do consider it borderline cheating.
Every other owner in the league should make an example of these fools and publicly make a pact to not make any deals of any kind with any team that so brazenly violates the spirit of the salary cap like this. F*** Em. F*** em in the ass.
At the same time- a team can REALLY get burned by signing retarded long term deals.
Alexei Yashin's contract is STILL being paid off by the Isles and Rick DiPietro is really looking like that paid off.
If the owner doesn't care about spending millions for no good reason other than paying off a player that is no longer the "cornerstone of the franchise" when he has 3 concussions in two seasons, then fine. There's no way around it- these contracts are a risk- especially for the first 8 years or whatever it is.
AND- even if the owner of the Hawks/Wings/etc are okay taking those risks, other teams might not. In other words, if the Hawks want to move Campbell, Keith or Hossa tomorrow- who in the FRANK is going to trade for those guys? Not many. It's a double edged sword, the team gets the benefit of the salary hit but can get royally f*cked if things don't go "according to plan," or if something happens where they have to suddenly move a massive contract.