Posted 16 August 2013 - 11:26 AM
I really think Lou thought they would get away with it. Like I said before, they didn't to anything that went against any specific rule. There was no limit on years, there was no limit on highest and lowest year (as long as the drop wasn't more than 50% per season, I believe). The NHL nailed them on the 'spirit of the cap'. I think Lou thought it would be something that would skate through and be addressed at the next CBA.
I get what you're saying completely...the "spirit of the cap" thing isn't a sharply defined thing, with numerically-defined parameters. For me though it will always come back to the same thing...league tells Devils not to pass through that specific contract, but they try to anyway. Not like Lou's never challenged the league before (Jim Schoenfeld of course), but still seems like a surprise move from a guy like him.
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