Thread: Waived: Commodore on re-entry
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01-17-2011, 11:16 PM
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Originally Posted by misfit View Post
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.
I'm not leaving it out... they still have to spend money to replace him, meaning they'll end up saving a lot less than that $3.425M. So what I said is 100% accurate. They believe that they have a defenceman (or can find one) that can provide the same thing for less than $1.8 mil (otherwise they wouldn't waive him because they'd be in the same position as keeping him).

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.
The point was brought up that he could be traded at the deadline. I was confirming that he cannot be.

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?
Again, the point was brought up the Oilers could waive him in the future and be rid of his cap hit (true) or re-entry waivers and be rid of his cap hit (false).

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).
It's not a question of whether or not he's no good, it's a question of whether he's worth the cap hit and will continue to be worth the cap hit down the road.

TheSpecialist - MacT thinks he was that good of a hockey player when in actuality he was no better then a Louie Debrusk.
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