I've been a little bit obsessive about the salary cap the last year or so and it means that certain flippant statements will bug me at times.
The crazy decade-plus contract trend is understandable for reasons of artificially diluting annual cap hits but I prefer the direction the Penguins (conscious or not) went with giving their young guns more reasonable (read: shorter) contracts. If Alex Ovechkin ruins his knees, the Caps aren't just fucked this year but for the next 10. If something happens to Evgeni Malkin, it would still be a catastrophe but not of the same degree.
- No one over the age of 30 gets more than 4 years
- Really, on some crazy level I wouldn't want to give anyone more than 3 years
- Extend players before you expect them to breakout, if at all possible
- Fear the contract year anomaly
- Sometimes, you have to let people go even if it hurts