Need another good reason to get this season started? How about two good reasons? Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

Time In A Bottle

As if you didn’t need another reason to get the NHL season rolling on time, ESPN analyst John Buccigross reminds you of another one.

Time doesn’t stop.  This isn’t news to most, but it’s something to think about in the wake of a work stoppage.  Even if Sidney Crosby doesn’t stand to make the net worth of The Netherlands in 2012-13 due to the work stoppage, the time will continue to march on his deal.

Maybe not such a big deal if you’re a guy in a long term contract like Crosby or Ilya Kovalchuk, but let’s say you’re the Edmonton Oilers and you’ve got these two kids who are kind of a big deal.  You know the ones.

There’s a lot of players who are either on one-year deals, or are in the last year of their contracts.  Here’s a quick list, and their pending free agent status at the end of 2012-13.

  • Taylor Hall (RFA)
  • Jordan Eberle (RFA)
  • Sam Gagner (RFA)
  • Magnus Paajarvi (RFA)
  • Ryan Whitney (UFA)
  • Anton Lander (RFA)
  • Lennart Petrell (UFA)
  • Ladislav Smid (UFA)
  • Theo Peckham (RFA)
  • Andy Sutton (UFA)
  • Darcy Hordichuk (UFA)

A little bit more than 4 and 14, as you see.

Should the league face another year-long work stoppage, ALL of these players would stand to become free agents of some sort.  And by the looks of things, both the players and the owners are going to need a lot of wheel grease before the upcoming season sees the light of day.  More happy talk?  We all know that 4 and 14 are going to command a heavy payday.  Eberle’s cap hit is just under $1.2M, while Taylor Hall’s is under $4M.  If you flush a year with Jordan Eberle on a $1.2M cap hit, you’ve wasted tremendous value.

A CAUSE FOR CONCERN

Need another reason to get 4 and 14 under long term deals sooner than later?

Okay then.  I’m not entirely sure about how active teams pursue contracts during work stoppages.  I’m going to go ahead and assume that it’s “not very much”.    Let’s say that 2012-13 never gets off the ground.  Any time lost will be time that Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle aren’t inked to long term deals as members of the Edmonton Oilers.

Don’t even THINK about getting to June without deals for Hall and Eberle. 

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