Re: cap circumvention
posted at 6/19/2013 8:23 PM EDT
In response to Not-A-Shot's comment:
In response to Bookboy007's comment:
It would have made more sense before the playoffs when I suggested it. "We've signed this deal going into the playoffs so that Tuukka knows the franchise is committed to him for next year and so he can concentrate on the playoffs and his contract. We are committed to getting a long term deal done with Tuukka that is fair to him and to the Boston Bruins, but we will revisit that after the playoffs."
Done. The only way to argue that this is "cap circumvention" would be if someone could prove beyond a shadow that the Bruins and Rask already had a deal in place and were only doing this to circumvent the cap. I honestly don't think this is "circumvention". Every step of it is within the rules of the new CBA, and, unlike in past years, there's no phantom money here. Tuukka will get it all and what he gets will be reflected in the Bruins cap hit for the year in which he plays. In fact, I think it's so legit, I think someone should balls it out and do it. "Tuukka has shown his commitment to the team by taking a one-year deal that helps us keep the core of this team together and pursue another Stanley Cup in a year where the reduced cap could have made that impossible. We are grateful and hope to repay this loyalty in Tuukka's next contract. Under the CBA, we can begin to negotiate that deal at any time and we will do so as soon as is convenient for all parties." I'd take that to court if the league tried to block it.
Are you not entertained?!?!
There are two huge holes in this.
1. Both sides agree in the backroom and the player gets hurt. The team doesn't offer the extension.
2. Both sides agree in the backroom and the player chokes in the playoffs. The team doesn't offer an extension.
Both of them have the potential to screw the player. The team is insulated either way.
Not really. Rask is no more screwged by having a bad playoff with that one year deal than he would be with no deal. And if he plays well, you make the deal before he plays another game. Make the deal as a camp announcement, roughly five months after that first deal.