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01-31-2013, 03:53 PM
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How is 4.25 mil a "bloated contract"? Sure he isn't worth it right now based on his role, but say we trade him after 20 games the team getting him will owe him about 2.5 mil in salary/cap hit and they have the option of an amnesty buyout in the summer.
It's not like we are trying to trade Gomez.
You just answered your own question! Why would a team take a flyer on Kaberle right now and risk having to buy him out knowing full well we're going to in the summer with 100% certainty.
Any team in the NHL will be able to sign Tomas Kaberle this summer, and it's going to be for drastically less than the 4.25M he currently and would otherwise be slated to make next season. It makes no sense from any teams perspective, especially financially, to take such a gamble and end up being on the hook for half his salary this season and another 4.25M next season..
The whole idea that a contender might need a puck moving defenseman come the deadline? Meh. Maybe it would have *some* weight if Kaberle were producing except through 6 games he has ZILCH. There will also likely be other options on the table besides just Kaberle, hell we have a more attractive trade bait option on our own team in Yannick Weber!
I'd be willing to bet you 100$ right now that the Habs end up having to buy him out or at the very least end up retaining half his salary as a part of any trade moving forward. Even at a cool 2.125M, if I'm a GM I probably just wait for Molson to open up his wallet this summer... At which point Kaberle will go for Redden/Gomez money, maybe slightly more.
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