Thread: Waived: Commodore on re-entry
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01-16-2011, 04:21 PM
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Originally Posted by dawgbone View Post
Quick correction... Commodore is this year, next year and the year after. His contract ends after the 2012/13 season.

A couple of things to consider.

1. Columbus put him on re-entry waivers which means that they feel they can find a defenceman who makes about $1.8 mil that will be better than Commodore.

2. The Oilers cannot trade him this year without putting him on waivers first. Not only that, but if a team felt they could use Commodore they'd probably just claim him now.

3. In the future, if the Oilers want to rid themselves of the contract via waivers, the team who picks him up is responsible for the cap hit along with Columbus (not bad). If the Oilers have to put him on re-entry waivers, the Oilers and the new team would be responsible for the cap hit (Columbus gets out).
1. Columbus is a budget team, and already aren't capable of spending to the cap. Commodore's demotion had less to do with him being no good, rather the fact that he asked for a trade and clearly wants out. If they've decided that he isn't going to be on the team (as a result of the trade demand), and can't work out a trade or have a team claim him on waivers, then re-entry represents saving $3.425M in actual dollars remaining on his deal. That's a major factor (probably the biggest IMO) that you seem to be leaving out here.

2. If the Oilers claim him, it would be because they think he'd be an upgrade on at least one of the defensemen currently on the roster, not as an asset to trade.

3. So if the Oilers are on the hook for $1.875M regardless of whether or not he's on the roster (assuming he gets claimed if/when they waive him), then why would they bother waiving him in the first place? Either way, at that price, and the Oilers' cap situation, they can afford to have him in a lesser role. The potential benefit of having a quality defenseman who brings a number of things they're desperately missing at a bargain price far outweighs the risk of him being no good (which I personally don't see).

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