Thread: Value of: This Year's Trade Dealine
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01-14-2013, 08:23 AM
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Originally Posted by KIRK View Post
2. With the new CBA allowing a team to trade a player while retaining 50% of the cap hit, it could make things very interesting. You mention Calgary. Say they go rebuild and move Iginla upon his request. Well, you mention J-Bo. J-Bo at 6.6M for next year? Pretty heavy ticket. IMO, you won't have a ton of interest. BUT, what if Calgary made J-Bo available at half the hit? The owner is a billionaire. Eat the couple million, and what kind of return does J-Bo at 3.3M next year get Jay Feaster. A similar example would be Malone if TB is out. 4.5M cap hit? No thanks. What if TB ate a third (not a ton in terms of salary)? He's a huge asset. There are probably a half dozen or so guys who in theory realistically could be moved this way. Some GM is going to exploit this.
This is even big for trades with players UFA after the season. Think of how tight up to the cap some teams get at a trade deadline, and consider that a lot of potential deadline trades aren't made because a team can't fit that player. For a few hundred thousand, a seller can probably get an extra minor pick for taking on salary, and also opens up their players to more teams than could otherwise afford to fit the player.

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