According to Larry Brooks of the NY Post, the NHL has issued an ultimatum of sorts to the NHLPA, demanding compliance with a new set of rules concerning high-end, salary cap circumventing contracts or else face the editing of current rule-bending contracts.
Either way, it looks like Chris Pronger’s deal with the Flyers is safe.
After specifically calling out the contracts of Roberto Luongo, Marian Hossa, Ilya Kovalchuk and possibly Mark Savard, it was mentioned that Pronger’s deal will be passed on by the league.
Brooks wrote …
“The league has informed the union that it has accepted Chris Pronger’s year-old, front-loaded, seven-year, $34.45 million contract with Ed Snider’s Flyers under which the defenseman will earn $1.05 million over the final two years of the deal.”
It was questioned whether Pronger’s elongated contract would be under the same scrutiny as the others, since it designed to give Philadelphia a lower cap hit by front-loading the deal. However, the difference with Pronger’s deal is that it falls over the over-35 rule, meaning the Flyers are on the reportedly on the hook for the cap hit even after the 35-year-old retires. In this case, the mistake by the Flyers may have just saved them.
Pronger will be 42 when his contract comes to an end.