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12-31-2012, 09:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Beechsack View Post
IIHF transfer rules prohibit him from just deciding not to play for Buffalo during this contract. If he does, Sabres mark him suspended/did not report, and he would also have to deal with the IIHF sanctions. The player, team, and national federation all get dinged if he does that.

Picking up and leaving during his deal is the least likely scenario.
Fair enough, didn't consider that. Doesn't change the fact that the recapture provision makes that deal a major liability, though, if he decides he's made enough money after Year 7 and retires. That'd be $12m of dead cap space over three years.

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