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04-23-2013, 11:08 AM
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Originally Posted by PredsV82 View Post
ive said this elsewhere but i'll say it again here

Amnesty buyouts make sense for teams with tons of cash but no cap space

we have cap space for days... what we do not have a pile of cash to waste paying someone not to play AND paying their replacement.

Unless we can sign someone with more to offer than Goose, for less than the 1 million dollars per year we would save by buying him out, it makes ZERO sense to buy him out....
So we don't have the money to buy him out, but we have the money to give him a contract that's wildly above his value in the first place?

We found the money to buy out the last year of Dumont's contract, and this situation isn't a whole lot different. Gaustad has missed 45% of the games he has been on the roster for. If Trotz insists on moving Wilson to center, we can put Spaling in that spot at $1.5M, or even Mueller at $700k and be much better off than paying Goose $8M over the next two years to play half our games. The economics of the NHL are about to change again when the cap drops; lots of good options to round out the depth chart could become available. I can guarantee you no one will shell out Gaustad-type money for a guy like Boyd Gordon.

Being a cap team is easy if you want to throw money down a hole. Being a good cap team is more difficult, and Poile has to be able to make a mistake and get out of it. When push comes to shove - and, if we're aggressive in rebuilding, that will happen relatively soon - Gaustad will become a cap casualty. There's no sense in delaying the inevitable.

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