Curious if Lou will take this to court. There is precedent with the Zetterberg, Hossa, Franzen, and Pronger contracts, though Kovy's contract goes much farther in terms of the difference between largest salary and cap hit. Though to be fair the way the money is spread out in the front end is very different... If I were Lou I'd argue that the average value over the "big" years of the contract (1st 10) is only 8.8m, which is actually not very different from the aforementioned contracts.
Difference btw largest year and cap hit
Pronger: 7.6 - 4.9 = 2.7
Hossa: 7.9 - 5.275 = 2.625
Zetterberg: 7.4 - 6.1 = 1.3
Franzen: 5.5 - 4.9 = 1.6
Kovy: 11.5 - 6 = 5.5
Huge difference there, but if you take the average given above (over the 1st 10 years), you get:
Kovy: 8.8 - 6 = 2.8
That's in line with Pronger's contract, which goes to age 42.
Edited by David Puddy, 20 July 2010 - 08:49 PM.