BornRuff wrote: ↑Apr 27th, 2012 8:17 pmWhere are you getting that info from?
In the last CBA, they were quite heavy handed in changing old contracts. They even lowered everyone's salary by 24%.
Precedent demonstrates that they don't grandfather this stuff in, they would likely offer an amnesty buyout period where teams could buy out contracts that they don't think are a good idea any more under the new CBA, and not have the buyout count against the cap.
It was reputedly done after the Kovalchuk contract situation. Various 'circumvention' contracts such as Kovalchuk's, Luongo's, Hossa's, amongst others were allowed, but any similar future contracts were blocked.
Granted, it isn't clear whether these contracts in their current form will go through the next CBA, but the NHL did modify the Cap rules afterwards preventing future circumventions while leaving the previous ones intact.
I do agree that if they do change the Cap Rules, then an amnesty period might need to be put in place, and it really is just speculation on my part.
To me it's something quite difficult to put into practice, although I'm sure that teams are already planning in the event that it happens.