Leedog wrote:Shouldn't their defense be that "since Zetterberg and Franzens deals were ok, we thought this method was perfectly fine."?
The NHL's problem was that Hossa's deal is the first of these ridiculously long contracts to take a player beyond age 40 (to 42), and that he is going to make only 3.5 million over the last 4 years of the deal. It looks much more suspicious than any previous contracts of these types:Player - age at end of deal - money over last 4 years
Zetterberg - 40 - $12.350 million
Franzen - 39 - $7.500 million
Richards - 36 - $16 million
Vinny - 39 - $15 million
Hossa - 42
- $3.5 million
So there really hasn't been a contract like Hossa's before, consider this: if the Wings did the same with Zetterberg (add 2 more years of $750k, same as last 2 on Hossa's deal and taking him to age 42 as well), his cap hit would be down from 6.08 to 5.3....