Tag Archive for CBA

Q: Are the Suter/Parise deals a circumvention of the CBA? A: No

I’ve read a few comments around the interpucks complaining about the questionable legality of the new matching mega-deals for Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. I saw several variations on “tell me how this is any different than the Kovalchuk contract!” Okay, I’ll tell you. (If you want to drill deeper into this topic, I highly…

Signing bonus plus salary can’t exceed $14MM

So there’s no “$24 million” upfront. Sorry. The CBA limits salary plus bonuses in any given year to 20% of the upper limit in the year in which the contract is signed. Winger Zach Parise has a once-in-a lifetime chance to get maximum dollars in unrestricted free agency. He can write his own ticket. If…

Quick’s deal is a steal

Stanley Cup champion, Conn Smythe-winning, Vezina-nominated, franchise-record-breaking, groin-stretching, F-bomb-dropping, mind-controlling goaltender Jonathan Quick will, in two days, officially sign a ten year, $58 million contract, rumored to be paying him seven million for each of seven years, followed by three million for each of the last three, at which point — 2023 — we’ll all…

Justin Schultz, free agency and the CBA

The CBA clearly indicates that clubs retain the rights of unsigned collegiate (or college-bound) draft picks, for four years after the year of their selection — ending either (1) August 15th four years after the year of selection, if the player graduates from said college, or (2) June 1 four years after the year of selection, if the player does not graduate.

Bob McKenzie: 2012-13 cap ceiling is $70.3MM

I don’t see how McKenzie can say the cap for next season “is” $70.3MM. For one thing, players haven’t voted on whether or not to add the 5% inflator. (I guess I need to check to see if the inflator is even employed in the last season of the current CBA.) Still, interesting potential news.…

Which Kings are among the 10 best NHL contracts?

The 10 Best Contracts in the NHL 4. Dustin Brown Cap hit of $3.175 million Six-year deal, expires after 2013-14 season With how well Brown has played down the stretch and in the postseason, one has to wonder if more teams will start leaking trade rumors in order to spark a player? The Kings were…

The NHLPA’s Case

The NHLPA has to persuade the arbitrator that the differences between the Kovalchuk and Hossa deal are insignificant, and that, if Hossa is allowed, Kovalchuk must be. They will need to to convince the arbitrator that the odds of Hossa making it to 42 are no different than Kovalchuk making it to 44, i.e. neither is reasonably likely.

But the NHLPA also has to be mindful of the possibility that the arbitrator may decide (or already believe) that the Hossa contract ought to have been rejected in the first place. Saying Kovalchuk is just like Hossa only works if the arbitrator believes the Hossa deal is solid. If the arbitrator thinks it’s not…well, there’s not much the NHLPA can do. I guess the game would be over at that point.

The League’s Case against Kovalchuk

According to infallible Twitter, the next chapter in the serial blockbuster known as Kovalchuk Month begins tomorrow, with day one of the hearing. There has obviously been a lot of chatter in the Kovalchukosphere about the NHLPA’s supposedly slam dunk case, Bettman’s vendetta against the Devils, the league not having a leg to stand on, the…