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01-12-2013, 03:05 PM
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Bob McKenzie article on Wade Redden (can be applied for Scott Gomez)

Basically, the article states that because of the new CBA 1-way contracts above $900,000 will count against the NHL salary cap, regardless if the player plays in the NHL. So even if we were to send Scott Gomez down to the AHL, his salary cap would count against the Habs cap.

Anyway, McKenzie states that there are 3 options for Redden (which we can apply to Gomez).

Option 1: Keep him on the NHL roster and use accordingly.
Option 2: Put him on the AHL roster, despite having his salary count on the NHL cap.

Now this is where it gets interesting, basically McKenzie states that with both option #1 and option #2 that the organization risks the player getting injured, in which case he WILL NOT be able to be bought out next off-season. You can't buy out an injured player. If Gomez plays in the NHL or the AHL, and ends the season on the injured list, he'll be part of the organization again next season unless traded (very unlikely).

Which brings us to...

Option #3: (I will use McKenzie's own words to describe);
The only other option for the Rangers is to take Redden's cap hit this season but not play him. Not in New York. Not in the AHL. Not anywhere.

Put him in bubble wrap, cold storage and call it a year. Make sure his cheques show up on time and wait for the compliance buyout period this summer and cut all ties.
-> To make it not sound as harsh, they could keep him as the 23rd player and use him during practice, but keep him out of all in-game situations, and even high intensity practices.

Thoughts? Opinions?


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