No Circumvention, For You! (NJ,BOS,VAN,CHI Excepted)
So let me get this straight, if you’re Chicago, Boston, New Jersey, or Vancouver the NHL will look passed your circumvention, but, should anyone else try to cheat the system, well, the answer is no.
This is leadership?
This is what a league commissioner considers a fair, equal and competitive environment?
Look, if these extended deals are legal for one club, they have to be legal for all. Anything but is simply unfair, no matter how you try to spin it as some sort of victory for the league.
All of this because the league lacks the leadership to act, until the situation becomes so dire, a reasonable resolution is no longer available.
Just imagine one of these teams winning the Cup, after defeating a team without the luxury of a cap circumventing deal on the roster.
This would be “fair”?
What an absolute joke.
The only way out of this quagmire is to have the new rules in place before the start of the 2010/11 season, have them applied to the “grandfathered” contracts, and to penalize CHI up to 5M of cap space for playing with an “illegal” contract in the 2009/10 season.
But, don’t hold your breath, that would take actual leadership.