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01-16-2013, 04:19 PM
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Originally Posted by zbubble View Post
So yes, the benefit for Montreal buying out Gomez now is they don't get sued for suspension without cause. They can buy him out and let him walk, or face a lawsuit with some undetermined penalty. I think they made the wise choice here.
Couldn't they just make him a healthy scratch? He's not really suspended exactly, he's just not good enough to crack the lineup any more. If he requests to be sent down they could say they didn't want to risk losing him on waivers. Happens all the time. Obviously they've already waived him and gone public with their intent to buy him out, but I think the players would have had a very hard time proving this illegal suspension case if the teams had just kept quiet and scratched the players until next summer.

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