Thread: Speculation: Cap to drop to 58 mil
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08-29-2012, 08:56 PM
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Originally Posted by eva unit zero View Post
So Columbus wouldn't want to buy out R.J. Umberger ($4.5m) and replace him with a better player?
And this better player is going to come from where exactly? And can the Blue Jackets really afford to pay Umberger $15.3M [(2/3)*23] not to play for them, particularly given how much money they're already losing every season?

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For that matter, some of the small market teams who above that $58m mark might trade a large contract player for next to nothing, just to dump an overpaid player they can't afford to buy out.
So, no gain, no loss. What's the problem?

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For the Wings I think I would buy out Todd Bertuzzi and Patrick Eaves (if he's still there) up front. I'd probably also kick Bertuzzi in the shins because his contract is part of the reason Holland didn't keep Hudler.
For what it's worth, the Wings' 23-man roster is currently sitting at $57,142,045. They don't need to buy anyone out, even if the cap falls to $58M, which it won't.

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