- Creates an unfair advantage for an individual team to load up on elite talent at a fraction of the cost.
- It circumvents the spirit of the salary cap
- The big names create excitement to both the teams that get them and throughout the entire NHL with the anticipation of the big star's return.
- Allows older players to play when the games mean the most and less likely to get injured
4) To the ones in favour of a deadline we say, nonsense. Its not like the last 2-3 Cups have been decided by a player who came out of retirement to play in the spring to tip the scales. It simply doesn't happen. We don't think Mats Sundin, Peter Forsberg, Claude Lemieux or even Mario Lemieux returning this spring would make a wits worth of difference. In fact it can be argued that teams adding aging stars can cause detriment to team chemistry. Resentment by players who play all season towards the newbies might happen. Either way, we don't see these aged wonders as being difference makers. As such a deadline is not needed.