Bob MacKenzie is reporting on the most recent offer put together by the Flames for Brad Richards. The offer is believed to be a 9 year deal with 10 million a year for the first 6 years and 1 million a year for the last 3. The rationale is that he would play the first 6 years of the contract and once he's 37 or so, he'd retire for the last 3. http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=370663 Isn't this the exact deal type of deal that resulted in the Kovalchuk mess last year, costing the Devils a first round pick? Isn't this the type of deal that was agreed would not be signed anymore in return for the league ignoring possible infractions on the Luongo, Pronger, etc. contracts? I'm confused, because the league took such a hard lined approach against this kind of deal, and this seemingly flies in the face of that. What's changed?