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Way too many moving parts in this for me. I'm not sure the Rangers would be enthusiastic on this deal, with the chance to gets a really, really good player on an entry-level deal.
That's the $64 million or so question. Does Pietrangelo really have a desire to live in a fishbowl in Toronto? Would he rather go to a place like Arizona or Vegas where he could help another team lift a Cup for the first time? Vegas has to do something with Fleury, don't they? Otherwise they're going to have $14 million tied up in goalies. But there are a lot of goalies on the market this season, so how easy is it to move him? Colorado seems to have the most things going for it, but while they have a lot cap space, they also don't have many players signed. (Only 14.) So while they have $22 million to work with, they still have to sign nine players. It remains to be seen what the market for Pietrangelo and other free agents actually looks like this year.
There were a lot of people, in this very chat, who said the league was wasting its time trying to finish the 2019-20 season and should just get started on the 20-21 season. For the record, I didn't agree with that, though, I think I put the chances of them getting through the season at 50-50 or less. There were all sorts of issues, and one of which I remember was that while the players may be in the bubble, what about everyone else? The janitors, the maids, the cook, anyone else you may come in contact with over the course of the day or who might need to be in your room. The league managed to do it, and all without any positive tests. They created a bubble that held and got the job done. It's not practical to do it next season -- this may have cost the league up to $75 million, with nowhere near that much in return -- but getting this season done was an amazing accomplishment. I also remember the fears about players going over the wall and trying to escape. This too didn't happen, and give the players for going along with it under very difficult circumstances.
Welcome to the newer arrivals to the chat and I'll say now that I'm running low on questions, so here's your chance to ask.
Indications are that it is the other things, a No Movement Clause and some signing bonuses are the issue, though I can't rule out some financial concerns. But the financial concerns are more easily dealt with. The Blues don't have a problem with a no-trade clause. Lots of guys have those. But No Movement Clauses and signing bonuses are bridges the Blues historically haven't been willing to cross.
I've been trying to research the answer to this because I don't know. My first impulse would be to say it would be because it's ultimately something paid out by teams to players, but my cursory search on these matters hasn't produced an answer. If it was exempt from escrow -- the amount of money held back by teams from a player's salary to ensure a 50-50 split in revenues at the end of the year -- that would significantly change things, and that's why I think it's subject to escrow too. Otherwise, you'd have a lot more demands for signing bonuses, and it would the escrow even more on the people who didn't have them, which might not be popular with the union rank and file. A world where Alex Pietrangelo gets close to his full salary and Robert Bortuzzo doesn't seems unfair. But then again, who said life was fair?
Yes but dropping $8 million on a 31, 32, 33 year-old top-level defenseman isn't that bad. That's the tradeoff on all this. The start of the contract will be good. The end of the contract will be bad. Just look at the Blues roster now. One less year on Steen's contract, or Bozak's contract and things look very different. That last year or two (or three in this case) is always going to be a problem. Players want more years rather than less, and sometimes you have to pay them. Would those deals have been signed if they were for one less season? Would the new AAV have precluded someone else being on the roster? Being an NHL GM isn't easy.
OK, that will do it for this afternoon. Thanks to everyone for stopping by. Hopefully we get Jim back with us soon. We should have plenty to talk about next week. Until then, on behalf of me and Jim, thanks for stopping by. And remember, Jeff Gordon has his chat on Friday for another chance to ask hockey questions.