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02-06-2013, 01:09 PM
dave babych returns
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Originally Posted by Proto View Post
There will certainly be some of this, but that will also leave some valuable-but-overpaid NHLers on the market that have just been bought out, further saturating the market. It's not going to be a low-cost bonanza, but there will be some guys whose agents tell them to take a one-year deal and see what the landscape looks like next year. Alternatively, there will be some guys who opt for a longer-term at a lower rate because they want security.

No matter what happens, I think having the cap go down by 6 million will reduce prices from where they would have been (even if it just means status quo from last off-season).

I do agree that there should be some interesting deals out there.

As such I could see a reasonable argument being made for buying out a player like David Booth or Keith Ballard - even if not out of necessity - in order to take a shot at spending their $4m+ cap hit more effectively in the marketplace this summer.

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