Draftnik wrote:This is not an easy question to answer. Has the structure of the deal been released? The present value of Zetterberg's deal is probably worth more than a typical 08/09 $6M per season deal since the structure of the payments to Zetterberg is probably very front loaded IMO. Comparing the 1st 5 years of his deal to Crosby's/Malkin's $8.7M (theirs are a bit frontloaded as well) is a more appropriate comparison IMO. Also, the odds are overwhelming the Pens bought appreciating, prime years with Crosby and Malkin. The odds are that Zetterberg's level of play will decline over the next 5 years, but how much?
Also, DET is taking a risk because the NHL CBA will certainly expire before the end of Zetterberg's deal. Will DET be able to wipe away the last several years of his deal without Cap implications when Zetterberg retires under the next CBA or two? Only time will tell.
TSN mentions in their article that he will be paid 7.4 mil next season and only 3 mil, 1 mil, and 1 mil, respectively in the last 3 years of the deal. I wonder what the payment is in the year before he gets only 3 mil because Martin Erat had a contract rejected because of this...
"Erat's contract was rejected because it violates what is known as the ''100 per cent rule,'' which effectively states there cannot be a reduction of the total compensation from any given year over a three-year period by more than 100 per cent.
In other words, Erat was scheduled to earn $6 million in 2011-12, which means that over the next three year period his annual compensation could not be less than $3 million. But in the final year of the contract, 2014-15, Erat's salary was pegged at $2.5 million"
Technically doesn't that mean that the final 3 years of Zettys contract would make it invalid? 1 mil represents over a 100% decrease from 3 mil.