Thread: Amnesty Buyouts
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01-07-2013, 06:00 PM
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Originally Posted by hockeydoug View Post
I think some of the reason for frontloading those deals is so they could unload them to a payroll dodging team down the road. If I'm not mistaken, Hossa doesn't have a NTC or NMC so there will always be a team interested in a contract with a cap hit bigger than the salary. He becomes very tradable after 2016. I have little doubt that GMs like Bowman or Holland or Lombardi considered overpaying a little to avoid a trade restriction clause.
I would agree with this on a case not as extreme as Hossa's. There are other ways to get to the cap floor than to trade for a guy who is going to retire or just isn't playable anymore. I just have a hard time seeing a team do this.

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