Buyout clause - Do we use it?
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12-30-2012, 01:13 PM
Join Date: Mar 2006
I believe the NHL said you have until the 2013-2014 offseason to make that one buyout. If that's the case then I'd be surprised to see us buy anyone out for the short 48 game season since we should be well under the $70.2M cap.
However if the cap does indeed drop to $60.2M (and if I had to guess I'd say it'll be closer to $62.5M or so) then I think it's a safe bet that we try to move either Ballard or Booth most likely Ballard since it just doesn't make sense to have a $4.2M bottom pairing defence men with a $60M-$62M cap.
If neither player gets traded then I think Ballard is the guy that gets bought out for the final 2 years of his deal.
The other thing to note is having some cap space for the 2013-2014 offseason is going to be extremely valuable. There's going to be a lot of potential steals available in free agency due to the fact that not a lot of teams have enough cap space to add players in the offseason.
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