For those who aren’t aware, frequent commenter speeds has kicked his old site back into gear. It’s got some great stuff, including this point that I hadn’t thought of:
I am generally against the idea of signing a 36 year old player to a 4 year deal to begin with, but particularly in this case with Edmonton tight to the cap and Khabibulin, in my mind, not a clearly better option than Biron who doesn’t have the same 35+ contract issue. For a non cap team like NYI this risk doesn’t exist, since dead cap space doesn’t hurt them; if anything, a retirement by Roloson next summer is desirable if they don’t want to spend to the cap floor in 2010/11 since they could charge 2.5 mil against next season’s cap without having to spend a cent.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how a complicated CBA screws with motivations and what not. The fact that players who are above the age of 35 are worth a lot more to teams that aren’t interested in spending to the cap is something that I hadn’t considered. It’s an excellent point though.