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05-02-2012, 11:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Schwang View Post
Just listened to Bobby Mac on TSN. He could not stress enough how stupid it would be to buy him out. Said it creates a `dead`cap hit. The hit would be 4.5, 3.5, 1.7 and 1.7 over 4 yrs. He said the best option is to bury him in Hamilton. You pay his salary, but there is no cap hit to the big club. He brought up Finger and Redden as good examples of this.

Obviously, this means he still counts as one of the 50 contracts tho. Look at it this way, if he doesn`t report, he gets suspended. If he embraces it, maybe he helps our youngsters or even works his way back to the NHL.
See that bolded part? That's a pretty important factor right now, considering changes have to be made, and there are lots of prospects/draft picks that I'd hate to lose this year or next as the "odd man out" of a limited # of contracts issue involving Gomez "in the way". Plus, if the cap goes up by anywhere close to what Gomez's buyout would cost, the real issue shifts to the 50 contracts anyway.

Furthermore, I wouldn't want a dejected and exiled Gomez in a dressing room with our young players playing "meaningless" games for an exorbitant amount of money. Think Gomez seems unmotivated sometimes these days? Wait till he's stuck in the minors "showing" our youngsters how to "earn" the big bucks with no hope/plan for bringing him back up, since the plan would presumably be to use up the freed cap space in another way, leaving no possible return for him to the Habs.

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