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02-22-2013, 11:43 AM
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Originally Posted by 416Leafer View Post
Those two arent a huge problem. Connolly is a UFA this summer, and Komi can be bought out this summer.

Liles and Grabo though are both locked up for 3+ years. Grabo is definitely overpaid IMO, Liles probably isn't (assuming he can rebound to be a ~40-45 point Dman over an 82 game season) but Gardiner/Rielly and others are going to be pushing him out sooner rather than later.

Lupuls contract might also be bad. Hard to say yet if last year was a fluke, since he's been injured all of this season so far. Considering the risk involved in fluke vs non-fluke, I think he definitely got more than he deserved. He should have gotten something like a two-year 9-10M$ deal... not a 5 year 5.25 cap-hit deal. If last season was a fluke, then he is severely overpaid, and overpaid for a long time.
I would think Liles is making a case to be the better buyout candidate with 4 years remaining. Komi only has one more year left and is more suited to Carlyle's system. Liles is also redundant with Gardiner waiting in the wings and Franson playing well.

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