A crazy thing I just realized is that if this contract pays Kovy $5.5M total over the last 5 years of the deal, it's frontloaded to the same degree as Hossa. I feel like I understand the league's position on the cap circumvention hoohah, but man did they create this mess in the first place by registering the Hossa deal.
exactly, i think the league thought maybe they'd only have a few of those types of deals and it would not become an issue. unfortunately for them, everyone is looking for ways to keep superstars on their team without blowing the bank on it, and they decided to make an example of us to try and end the practice.
this should have been taken care of next labor negotiation, and had a clause in it that would require teams to modify/allow contracts just like they did when they implemented the cap.
of course, that would take higher level thinking skills, something which has long since eluded the brain trust of the NHL front office.