Who do the Oilers buyout? (If anyone)
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01-08-2013, 11:42 AM
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With confirmation that teams can't re-sign any players they buy out combined with next year's cap being $4.3M more than expected, I'm less sure they buyout Horcoff's contract. They certainly won't HAVE to with Souray's buyout and the Khabibulin and Whitney contracts freeing up another ~$9M.
They'll have about $11.5M to spread out in raises to Smid, Paajarvi, Gagner, and Hartikainen, to find a backup goalie and to fill out 1-2 bottom of the roster forwards and 1-2 bottom of the roster defensemen for the 6/7 spots. If you assume Gagner gets $4M, Smid gets $3.75M and Hartikainen and Paajarvi make about a million more than they did this year combined, the Oilers will still be more than $8M under the cap to add 4-5 filler spots. And that's with Horcoff still on the books. If they buy him out, they'll have all kinds of money at their disposal, but the key is finding guys to give it to. It's nice to say "we'll just sign Getzlaf as a UFA with the money we save", but that doesn't account for the fact that the Getzlaf's of the world also have a say in that and may not want to come here.
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