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11-08-2012, 12:27 PM
Blind Gardien
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Originally Posted by Redux91 View Post
Wrong, bourque can still be a servicable winger with size for us, Gomez can not.

It would be insanely foolish to pass up this golden chance to be rid of him Scott free when dealing with bourques case can be done at a later time
I think the bottom line is that teams will have to project their payrolls and project the cap, and factor everything in together once the terms of the new CBA and the details of any amnesty buyout provisions are known. For example, we will have to factor in Subban's new deal, look at any likely raises to other players in the next few years, know whether bonus money on a big ELC like Galchenyuk would be on or off the cap, and then make some reasonable guesstimate of what the cap is likely to be for the next few years. Having Pacioretty, Price, Gorges, and by then Subban locked up for longer terms should make it a reasonably easy process.

But then once it all comes together, if there is still any shortfall or risk, and if the amnesty buyout window did allow for multiple player buyouts... well, of course Bourque and Kaberle would be next on the list to consider. Not because it's impossible that they could contribute to us, or that they aren't candidates for rebound seasons and solid performances. But if the math says cut somebody else in addition to Gomez, then they are the next-likeliest, by virtue of what they did show last season and the size of their deals.

I don't expect it will come to that - owners won't make it that hard on themselves and PA won't want to see that many players cut loose - so there will be other cushions in place to get around any cap reductions - we're probably sitting pretty by having Gomez as an "easy" option to trimming $7M. But in the unlikely event it did come to that, then of course we have to start looking at Kaberle and Bourque next up.

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