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12-31-2012, 05:43 PM
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Originally Posted by WantEggRoll View Post
Pretty sure the current offer has the buyout period beginning before the 2013/2014 so Ottawa would not be resigning any of them for this season. Could be wrong though.
This is my understanding also - the buyouts are for next summer. They'll just play out the remainder of this year on a pro-rated version of what this year's cap was going to be. ($70 million, I believe.)

The NHL is currently looking for a $60 million cap for next year, while the NHLPA wants $67 million. They'll probably split the difference, but I fail to see how a higher cap really helps the union - all it does is increase escrow, especially if revenues are flat, so it is a hollow victory for the NHLPA.

Having said all that, the Senators could be in a nice position if there are a bunch of cap casualties. Remember, these guys already will have been paid out, so they might be willing to sign a cheap, short term contract with a team that looks like an up and comer like Ottawa.

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