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08-15-2010, 05:00 PM
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Garbage Goal
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Originally Posted by Flyerfan808 View Post
What if we were to buy out the remaining 2 years?

Is that permitted for a 35+?
I don't think we're allowed to buy him out. The only way I know of that will get rid of his cap hit for us is LTIR.

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Originally Posted by Jonathan. View Post
Why should a contract be considered OK just because the team gets hurt?

It is pretty unreasonable (as the arbitrator decided in the Kovalchuk case) that a star player will not play for peanuts. That's pretty much what was set in a real nutshell with that case. The drop in salary is due to lessening the cap hit. You know that, man.

What's so funny about all of this, is I actually hope the contract IS considered OK and NOT voided just because it hurts your team in the future.
IIRC, the arbitrator said his reasoning was that it seemed unrealistic that Kovalchuk would play until the age of 44. The NHL can deny a contract if they don't believe a player will fulfill it and apparently the arbitrator didn't think he would fulfill it.

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