Re: HNIC Hot Stove: accuse the Bruins of cap circumvention
posted at 2/12/2013 5:20 PM EST
I am not assured of the Isles tolling the deal. Yes the offering was of a pick in 2015 was an option but only if TT decided he needed to make more money. Reasonable in that TT is a free enterprise capitalist as a libertarian. Nonetheless TT is a wild card trade in the long run for the Isles. The picks mean nothing if he does not play. I think he has had it with the hockey world. BTW he only said he was playing next year in order to reward the Bs fans and yes management for his treatment in his career in Boston. The deal is strictly a Cap decision by the Isles.
Lastly this is not circumventing the Cap imo. This was known discussion piece in the CBA undoubtedly as TT announced his Colorado hibernation before the CBA was in full swing.
I posted this before as I respect Spector's point of view.
SPECTORâS NOTE: Thomas is not expected to report to the Islanders this season. The club reportedly has no intent of âtollingâ his contract forward to next season if Thomas doesnât report. The move is to ensure they remain cap compliant should Lubomir Visnovsky have to return home to Slovakia, as his son is undergoing surgery this weekend.
In response to Bookboy007's comment:
Frustratingly, lost a post on this for some strange technical reason. So in a rare move, I'll be brief.
Isles are obviously planning to toll the deal. Why else insist that the trade be a 2014 or 2015 pick? They anticipate not knowing if they have to pay it before next year. Thomas has said he wants to come back next year. They may be planning to cut ties with Nabokov, who is a pending UFA, and they may intend to re-sign him with the leverage of Thomas returning, and they may re-sign him with the intent of platooning him with Thomas to let TT show he can still provide top notch netminding before they trade him for more than a 2nd rounder.
Players have to love this. Thomas is a cap hit with no real dollars attached (out of players' share). Visnovsky is out with no real dollars attached (suspended - out of players' share). The deal frees money for players in Boston and frees the Isles to move Visnovsky to a place where he'll play.
The fear is that players can just walk away from contracts rather than retire - so some of the legacy back-diving deals where you walk away from $1M and a $5M cap hit. Then the cap hit can be traded around so teams with money issues can make the floor without paying real dollars and teams that have overspent can go back to the buffet. But this isn't different than if, as many suspected, Chiarelli had traded a fully-operational TT in the off-season, except that TT is sitting out. You could see the Isles add a pile of aged veterans with huge cap hits and dimestore salaries, then sit them out most nights or play them as fourth liners.
Short of completely tying a team to a player when he signs an over-35 deal, there's really no way to stop this short of accusing the team and player of colluding in the "leave of absence" and punishing them severely. In Boston's case, no one in their right mind thinks PC went to TT and told him to diss Obama, support Chick-Fil-A, and then hold a year-long Tea Party in Colorado. Take away the team's right to trade a player for hockey reasons and you've gone beyond policing the Cap.