Currently, it appears that the NHL has been reviewing Pronger and Hossa’s contract for a possible breach of the CBA and salary cap. The long and short of it is: if Pronger retires his salary stays on the books but, because of the extended years of the contract, is less of a cap hit to deal with.
The NHL is trying to figure out whether or not the Flyers, and Blackhawks, discussed the possibility of retirement with either of these players before the contract was finalized.
NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly is quoted as saying:
“This is an obvious effort by the League to attempt to chill the market for long term contracts. It is worth noting that the contracts have been registered by the NHL, which means that they are fully compliant with the CBA – so, as the registration proves, long term deals with structures such a Hossa and Pronger are perfectly proper and permissible. The NHLPA will take whatever steps are necessary to insure that Players continue to have the unfettered ability to negotiate contracts that are compliant with existing CBA rules.”
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