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11-15-2004, 03:14 PM
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It also depends on how the question is asked... NHL contracts are guaranteed... but there is an option for a buyout.

The player does not have to accept a buyout (Irbe in Carolina for example). They can refuse the buyout if they choose to.

As for being sent to the minors, that is something they negotiate. A player isn't worth being paid $1.2 mil (or whatever) in the minors, because he doesn't do anything there to increase the revenues for the pro team. Aside from the entry level contract, a player doesn't have to agree to a 2-way deal either.

So NHL contracts, are in fact, guaranteed.

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