Plus, I doubt small or medium-market teams will be able to afford this.
How it will actually work out is still to be determined but what the small market teams really can't afford is to try and sign their homegrown players who become stars and hit FA at the cusp of their primes. That's why I say sign up Vova long-term now at a number like $7M because if he realizes all of his upside he's going to be looking for Kane money in a few years-and the Rangers or Leafs or Pens will give it to him.
The variance is limited in the new deal... iirc it's something like 35% max and no year can be less than half of the highest year. I'd have to look it up though.
I have trouble keeping up with the relative timing-if this is true I assume Weber's deal was under the old CBA? His last years are $1M per while the first several are $14M for an AAV of just under $8M. If that's a limited variance then the limits are meaningless.