One of the things Steve Tambellini accomplished yesterday is signing a quality veteran to a fair contract. The key element for Tambellini–and for the Oilers–is being creative when it comes time to sign Hall, Eberle and the Nuge. It’s no easy task, but is vital to the success of the organization. We don’t know the rules of engagement–the new CBA will no doubt have all kinds of nuance that is currently out in the ether–but the fact remains that the Edmonton Oilers need to be very right on these contracts.
John Muckler on Ken Holland: “I think he’s taken a tough system with the cap (system) and worked it to his advantage with the signing of Franzen and Zetterberg. Those two contracts were okayed by the National Hockey League, whereas Kovalchuk’s contract (with New Jersey) was not, and they are very similar. Holland was the first one to (extend contract term to minimize salary cap hit). I mean, he’s got a great imagination.”
The new CBA isn’t written yet and the wording will have a major impact on things. Having said that, any club can lay the groundwork by signing smart contracts under the current rules. Hemsky is one, a veteran signed to a fair number, with said player recovering from an injury that historically returns him to previous levels.
One of the big differences between a team like Detroit–strong contender each season and a Stanley winner with regularity–and many of the also-rans is cap wisdom. Added to intelligent procurement–Ottawa is rumored to be acquiring Ben Bishop today, a very wise move–cap management is a key element to long term success.
I was thinking about this yesterday. We have some pretty smart people here at this blog, I wonder if we have any ideas about what an innovative Taylor Hall long term deal might look like? I know some will say “it writes itself” but the second contract often melds into the one that buys free agent years these days and that’s a consideration, too.
Any recent contracts with top end youth catch your eye?