Preds complete buyout of Brett Lebda - (Signed by Columbus on Jan 19th)
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08-08-2011, 05:55 PM
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Ok, I finally looked at the CBA and in my view the Preds can buy him out, no question. His SPC has a provision (Section 13) for "Ordinary Course" buyouts and sets the timing for such buyouts. We fit one category of the timing based on having Club or Player elected salary arbitration filings that have now settled/awarded.
The confusion comes from another (inapplicable) section (CBA 11.18) that allows Ordinary Course buyouts OUTSIDE OF THE REGULAR PERIOD in certain limited instances. We don't fit that exception but it doesn't matter- this is an Ordinary Course Buyout within the usual period. Any and all language in 11.18 is inapplicable, including the confusing language cited elsewhere.
I'm sure this has been covered elsewhere (I think 101's point earlier or maybe a blog) but it makes for good reading.
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