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Posted 22 July 2009 - 03:39 PM

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Zajac signed a four-year contract for a total of $15.55 million or an average -- and cap hit of -- $3,887,500. It pays him $2.75 million in 2009-10, $3.5 million in 2010-11, $4.5 million in 2011-12 and $4.8 million in 2012-13.
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Posted 22 July 2009 - 03:41 PM

Terms Per TG:

Zajac signed a four-year contract for a total of $15.55 million or an average -- and cap hit of -- $3,887,500. It pays him $2.75 million in 2009-10, $3.5 million in 2010-11, $4.5 million in 2011-12 and $4.8 million in 2012-13.


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Posted 22 July 2009 - 03:43 PM


the devils could've signed jay bouwmeester and marian gaborik and you'd still be on here complaining. the devils have had a very good off-season so far. they haven't done anything stupid, which is half the battle.

fact still remains ..we are not a better team then last year and several teams around us got better.... cmon im really trying to let it go til next year.

If only Lou would have followed your plan....oh wait....you've never actually OFFERED one, you just criticize EVERY move!

I'm all for disagreement with the popular opinion (if it is that), I'm just sick of hearing this rant without hearing what should have been done.

blah, blah, Kool aid, the rest of us are all blind, etc....
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Posted 22 July 2009 - 03:45 PM


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Posted 22 July 2009 - 04:48 PM

I like that we locked up Zajac for another 4 years. Wooo!!!
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Posted 22 July 2009 - 04:52 PM

I'm glad that Zajac is back at a reasonable price. He is an important part of our rebuilding plan and I have a feeling he's going to be better then he was last season.
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Posted 22 July 2009 - 04:53 PM

Cheaper than I expected...congrats to Lou and Trav for reaching this deal, glad to have him aboard for years to come...
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Posted 22 July 2009 - 04:56 PM

awesome news.
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Posted 22 July 2009 - 05:40 PM

I was hoping for closer to 3.5mil/per but 3.9 still isn't unreasonable. Great news to hear Lou and Travis worked out a deal at the 11th hour here!

Only thing now is I hope Parise doesn't feel resentful about being much better than travis yet being paid .5 mil less on average.

As an after-thought however, Travis is signed into his UFA years so i guess the extra money paid for the extra year. WAY TO GO LOU!

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 05:55 PM

Terms Per TG:

Zajac signed a four-year contract for a total of $15.55 million or an average -- and cap hit of -- $3,887,500. It pays him $2.75 million in 2009-10, $3.5 million in 2010-11, $4.5 million in 2011-12 and $4.8 million in 2012-13.



Can someone give me a brief rundown on how Front or Back Loaded contracts affect the cap. Is it just structured that way for Tradeability in younger guys and the retirement hit for guys that sign at 34 into the retirement years?
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Posted 22 July 2009 - 05:55 PM

I thought with 4 more years it puts him right into his UFA year?
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Posted 22 July 2009 - 05:57 PM


Terms Per TG:

Zajac signed a four-year contract for a total of $15.55 million or an average -- and cap hit of -- $3,887,500. It pays him $2.75 million in 2009-10, $3.5 million in 2010-11, $4.5 million in 2011-12 and $4.8 million in 2012-13.



Can someone give me a brief rundown on how Front or Back Loaded contracts affect the cap. Is it just structured that way for Tradeability in younger guys and the retirement hit for guys that sign at 34 into the retirement years?


It doesn't really change how the cap works. The cap hit is the average yearly salary for the length of the contract. How that can affect tradeability is that in front loaded contracts, teams that want to spend less can acquire guys whose cap hits are larger than the actual salary they make. This could allow a team to reach the salary cap minimum while paying less actual dollars out to their players than the cap minimum.

Someone who signs a contract before 35 will have their cap hit removed if they retire. Players who retire who signed a contract at 35 or older will have their yearly cap hit stay on a teams salary cap until the contract expires.

Edited by Devils731, 22 July 2009 - 05:58 PM.

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 06:00 PM



Terms Per TG:

Zajac signed a four-year contract for a total of $15.55 million or an average -- and cap hit of -- $3,887,500. It pays him $2.75 million in 2009-10, $3.5 million in 2010-11, $4.5 million in 2011-12 and $4.8 million in 2012-13.



Can someone give me a brief rundown on how Front or Back Loaded contracts affect the cap. Is it just structured that way for Tradeability in younger guys and the retirement hit for guys that sign at 34 into the retirement years?


It doesn't really change how the cap works. The cap hit is the average yearly salary for the length of the contract. How that can affect tradeability is that in front loaded contracts, teams that want to spend less can acquire guys whose cap hits are larger than the actual salary they make. This could allow a team to reach the salary cap minimum while paying less actual dollars out to their players than the cap minimum.

Someone who signs a contract before 35 will have their cap hit removed if they retire. Players who retire who signed a contract at 35 or older will have their yearly cap hit stay on a teams salary cap until the contract expires.



Simple enough Thanks... (So the flyers are stuck with Prongers Numbers since he is 35?) Unless someone wants to reach min cap and just pay him crap at the end of his contract?
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Posted 22 July 2009 - 06:02 PM

Simple enough Thanks... (So the flyers are stuck with Prongers Numbers since he is 35?) Unless someone wants to reach min cap and just pay him crap at the end of his contract?


It looks like it.

Apparently the Flyers thought they had signed him before age 35 but by the rules of the CBA his contract kicks in when he is 35 so Prongers cap hit will always be around. I would imagine the Flyers might try for arbitration on it but it would seem like they'd lose since the rules are clear and it was their own misunderstanding.
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Posted 22 July 2009 - 06:39 PM

Terms Per TG:

Zajac signed a four-year contract for a total of $15.55 million or an average -- and cap hit of -- $3,887,500. It pays him $2.75 million in 2009-10, $3.5 million in 2010-11, $4.5 million in 2011-12 and $4.8 million in 2012-13.



Sounds fair. Good contract
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Posted 22 July 2009 - 06:46 PM

Ah I saw this post and let out a rather nice sigh of relief. I like Zajac.
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Posted 22 July 2009 - 10:52 PM



the devils could've signed jay bouwmeester and marian gaborik and you'd still be on here complaining. the devils have had a very good off-season so far. they haven't done anything stupid, which is half the battle.

fact still remains ..we are not a better team then last year and several teams around us got better.... cmon im really trying to let it go til next year.

If only Lou would have followed your plan....oh wait....you've never actually OFFERED one, you just criticize EVERY move!

I'm all for disagreement with the popular opinion (if it is that), I'm just sick of hearing this rant without hearing what should have been done.

blah, blah, Kool aid, the rest of us are all blind, etc....

What difference would it make what plan I came up with ... read my opinion and stop putting your head in the sand while swallowing the crap they feed you sheep.
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Posted 22 July 2009 - 11:16 PM

Hey guys, only time will tell how we do this season. Fact of the matter is, no matter what, we'll all be behind our guys cheering em on!

Ultimately it wont matter who is right or wrong based on opinion. Lous "plans" usually do pretty well anyways. I have faith :)
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Posted 23 July 2009 - 05:47 AM

Only thing now is I hope Parise doesn't feel resentful about being much better than travis yet being paid .5 mil less on average.

For each of the next two years Parise will make more than Zajac. 3 v 2.75 this year, 5 v 3.5 year after. Also, in the 3rd year while Parise will have a 5M qualifer, arbitration rights - and most importantly the leverage to get a megadeal, v 4.5 for Zajac.

Basically what I am saying is that for the next 3 years there is no chance that Zajac will make more than Parise, and come year 3 odds are the Devils will give Parise the biggest contract they have given anyone, I would expect his deal to be bigger than Elias.

It makes no sense for Parise to be 'mad', he has 8 million coming over the next 2 years, and provided he takes care of business he puts him in a position for a megadeal.
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Posted 23 July 2009 - 06:01 AM




the devils could've signed jay bouwmeester and marian gaborik and you'd still be on here complaining. the devils have had a very good off-season so far. they haven't done anything stupid, which is half the battle.

fact still remains ..we are not a better team then last year and several teams around us got better.... cmon im really trying to let it go til next year.

If only Lou would have followed your plan....oh wait....you've never actually OFFERED one, you just criticize EVERY move!

I'm all for disagreement with the popular opinion (if it is that), I'm just sick of hearing this rant without hearing what should have been done.

blah, blah, Kool aid, the rest of us are all blind, etc....

What difference would it make what plan I came up with ... read my opinion and stop putting your head in the sand while swallowing the crap they feed you sheep.

You never offer an "opinion" or any evidence, or anything. Just a steady diet of doom and gloom.
As I've said many times, I'm legitimately curious as to what you feel would have been a better plan....and not just so it can be bashed.....I really want to know.
But instead, you consistently offer that "holier than thou", "we are so ignorant and mindless" crap you feed us.
I've never even said that I agree w/what Lou has done, I just have not yet seen what your expectations are from him.

Its easy to bash without putting forth alternatives.... my only beef with you is NOT that you support an unpopular opinion on the management of this team, but that you refuse to point out what Lou should do that you would approve of. Hence making it super easy to just say "everything he does is the demise of this franchise" for every move made. I'm beginning to suspect you might not have any alternatives.

I would (and I imagine many others here too) at least respect an "alternate approach" even if I disagreed with it, in place of just pointless bashing that is happening now.
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