Rick Dipetro for Mike Komisarek
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07-06-2012, 02:58 PM
Join Date: Apr 2007
DP is not in the team's plans for this year. Garth spoke at a recent meeting of former season ticket holders (please come back), and hyped the core of young players and prospects. He also praised their solid goaltending situation, having a vet like Nabokov to mentor up and coming Kevin Poulin and Anders Nilsson. It was no accident that he did not include DP.
Still, there will be no DP buyout. While the team has gotten no value since the contract was signed, management still likes him. Their true hope is that he gets back to full health and earns his salary at some point. The whole point of the 15 year contract was to spread out the salary and cap hit to make him a relative bargain over time. After 5 years, he is now the 11th highest paid goalie. If it had gone according to plan, halfway through the contract he would be a great goalie in his prime, with a cap hit below the average starting goalie. Obviously injuries wrecked that plan. However, the team hopes it's not too late. He's still only 30. They would like him to get back in net, whether it's 2013 or even 2014. If he can, then they would have a relative bargain in goal.
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