Thread: Rumor: hossa to edmonton (e4)
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07-01-2008, 08:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Mackattack View Post
Sure they could try and dump Roloson, Souray, or Penner but how are you going to do that without taking some salary back in return?
I don't really understand how someone can ask that on a day when

- Denis Gauthier, a guy with a cap hit of >2M$ who was being hidden in the minors all last season
- was traded along with a pick for two minor leaguers who won't add any salary to Philly's cap.

Right there you have two ways to dump salary without taking salary back. Oilers could package a pick or prospect with a player to dump salary. If it costs a 2nd round pick (as was the case with the Gauthier salary dump) to make room for Hossa, that's not a heavy price to pay. Oilers could send a player or two (other than Roloson, who would count against the cap regardless) to the minors. The Oilers have a pile of guys on entry-level/low salary deals who would be available to slot into 4th line/bottom pairing/pressbox duty. They could also run with a 21 or 22-man roster to save up to 1+ M$ in cap space.

I wouldn't say all of these ideas are all necessarily ideal team-building, but this is far from "financially impossible" stuff.

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