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01-08-2013, 09:44 AM
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With the salary cap at $70.2M (pro-rated) for this season, and the Hawks currently around $6M under that cap - there is no reason to burn one or both amnesty buyouts this summer. Both should be saved to be used before the 2014/15 season when the cap drops down to $64.3M, based on the variables that will be present after the 2013/14 season. It makes no sense to use a get out of jail "free" card when you're not in jail.
Yes, the buyouts have tremendous value. I agree that it's wise to hang on to those buyouts as long as possible, unless a tremendous opportunity or a real crisis presents itself. Sather, Holmgren, Gillis, etc. will have to be over aggressive, it might be best to sit on the sidelines until some of the gms make big mistakes. It's bound to happen when some of these guys have extra cap flexibility.
Something else to keep in mind. Jagr and Whitney are making 4.5 million, Doan is making 5.3. I think it's foolish to assume the cap hit will automatically help land high end help. Besides didn't we already see how that played out with Campbell?
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