George McPhee II
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02-22-2013, 08:56 AM
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Amnesty buyouts don't grant you the cap space for this season. They're equivalent to stashing the players in the minors for this season, which means only a small portion of their cap hit gets relieved. Using an amnesty buyout on a player that was going to be a UFA this offseason would literally be the stupidest possible way to use them, because you'd get absolutely no "amnesty" out of them.
The thing with keeping Semin is that, realistically, they would have had to move another cap hit somewhere to have any faith that they could do it. Carlson wasn't signed until the last minute; if they had any reason to believe he might cost them more than he did, that's even more cap space that you have to plan to keep. And of course amnesty buyouts were not a slam dunk, and neither was it a slam dunk that the cap would stay at 70 mil for this season.
They likely could have signed Semin if they really wanted him. But it would have required them to move other pieces around and take a big leap of faith wrt the cap this season. They would have been setting themself up to get burned if negotiations went any other way. So if they really were ready to just move on from the player, no reason to expect them to take that level of risk with him.
(and this is coming from someone who would have been glad to see Semin come back... neither side had all that much reason to make it happen, given the other moving parts, that's all)
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