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There are 8 comments on the BlueJacketsXtra story from Aug 11, 2010, titled Analysis | NHL: Arbiter's ruling reels in spenders | BlueJacketsXtra. In it, BlueJacketsXtra reports that:

The Ilya Kovalchuk contract recently rejected by an arbiter provided a soft salary-cap hit for the Devils.

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SomeoneWhoKnowsB etter
#1 Aug 11, 2010
The current cap hit is calculated by taking the average annual cost of the contract. A three year contract that pays \$4 million in year one,\$5 million in year two, and \$6 million in year three has a cap hit of \$5 million for each of the three years. You take a bigger cap hit early in the contract but a smaller hit later on when you're paying more money. The reverse structure has been exploited to make these retirement contracts.

The solution is so simple that my 5 year old nephew could explain it. You change it so that the cap hit is the ACTUAL amount paid to each player each season. Then there's no funny-business with front-loading contracts or questions about people signing 20 year deals. That way the cap hit reflects actual salaries. Isn't that an amazing concepts?

Now to Umberger's point, retroactively changing the rules is a problem but one that's easily fixed. You say for any contract signed under the current CBA you use the average formula, and for any contract signed under a new CBA you use the actual value. You'll have a few years where there's some overlap, but it eventually gets sorted out. In the meantime, guys who have these front-loaded "retirement contracts" (and there are only a handful of them) will be a valuable resource to their teams...much like they are today.

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Hockey fan
#2 Aug 11, 2010
@SomeoneWhoKnowsBetter
That's one way to do it and has been discussed by other people in the past. But wouldn't that hurt the already honest teams by increasing the cap hit of key players? I'm not sure how Nash's deal is set up for example, but couldn't your proposed method make it even harder for small markets teams like the CBJ to stay under the cap? Not trying to argue, just curious.
Jim
#3 Aug 11, 2010
How would making the cap hit the actual amount paid each season fix front loaded contracts? If it was the hit is the actual amount paid per season then I would just pay the one star player 15 million one year and the 500,000 the next when my other star player is in line to make 15 million that year. How does that fix the problem??? I think there needs to be a system where each year of pay can have no greater differential than 2 million. That way the cap hit can't be that drastically circumvented.
former PSL Holder
#4 Aug 11, 2010
Not a problem for the Blue Jackets. This team is far too cheap to attempt to sign real NHL caliber talented players. Brassard is a top line center in the ECHL at best, and that is on one of his good days, not to mention the " I quit" factor that he displayed last season. The bottom line is ownership that is far too cheap to ever put out a winning team!!! Plus, 98% of this group just does NOT care.

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fourth line scrubs
#5 Aug 11, 2010
Team made up of fourth line scrubs, with very little talent. Wont win any time soon.

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Erikmania
#6 Aug 11, 2010
Gosh i wonder if "Former PSL Holder" and "fourth line scrubs" is the same guy? I can't imagine that there's 2 separate people out there who could have come up with such an intelligent commentary about the state of the Jackets right now...and for the record you're completely wrong about everything you just said...ownership is not cheap...every off season that we've been looking to sign free agents the ownership has said they'll put down the money if the GM can get the players he wants...do you remember us signing Huselius for too much money? Commodore for lots of money? The article mentions us trying to get Redden not so long ago for big money...the reason we don't usually land big name free agents is cause they either don't want to come here or cause we aren't looking for them cause it doesn't make sense at the time...i don't feel compelled to dignify your ignorant claim that the team has no talent...but i'm not very good at math...if 98% of the team doesn't care how many guys who do care does that leave us? 1/5 of a player who cares? half of a player who cares...you might wanna specify cause clearly i'm not on your level.
Ranger
#7 Aug 11, 2010
Erik, lets face it despite all the excuses we hear all the time. The club made the playoffs once, got swept, quit last year, Nash was invisable in the playoff games he played in and he is supposed to be the best player ?

Front office has issues, cant even guarentee season ticket holders seats for each game, pre game is awful
and we get treated to "Rimers ramblings" and the rest of the organization about how great they are.

They are not.

Cap by the way is almost 60 million just 10 mil away from when teams were spending 70 mil. It should be free market with a reasonable cap of
65 to 70 mil CBJ are allready at 54 mill and still have to pony up to pay Mason, and Voracheck
soon.

Bad decisions drafting, overhype and too many following the garbage. Like those who figured Johannsen would be here this year.

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#8 Aug 13, 2010
lets face it. It dosent matter what rules you put in place. NHL G.M.s are hired to find ways to get around them. It will be no different this time. I thought the salary cap would help small market teams like the Jackets. You still have deep pocket teams sucking up all the tallent. It just shows you the sad truith.

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