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04-16-2013, 06:19 AM
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Originally Posted by tjs252 View Post
After trading Gaborik away, I don't see anyway he's bought out this year; there's now ample space to sign all the RFA's, Clowe, and still probably get a top-6 LW.

That said, I don't see anything he could do that prevents a buyout after next season. It's pretty much inevitable. Too long a contract with too high a cap hit to risk early retirement and face the cap "recapture." (Although, I'm sure some of the more savvy GM's have already figured out a loophole there - declaring them medically unable to play, players "refusing" to report, etc).
There's not ample space to sign the group IIs,Clowe and another player. Clowe hasn't shown anything to show he is worth a long term contract. He had one good game and has gotten progressively slower in every game.

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