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06-14-2013, 08:26 AM
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Originally Posted by BernieParent View Post
According to the SportsNet list of predicted favourites to be bought out in the West are:

Anaheim - Bryan Allen ($3.5 million cap hit until 2014-15)

Calgary - Matt Stajan ($3.5 million cap hit until 2013-14)

Chicago - Steve Montador ($2.75 million cap hit until 2014-15)

Colorado - Jan Hedja ($3.25 million cap hit until 2014-15)

Columbus - nobody

Dallas - Erik Cole ($4.5 million cap hit until 2014-15) - note, DFF, that SportsNet isn't paying their editors enough to spot that 'Erik' is spelled with a k and not a c

Detroit - Mikael Samuelsson ($3 million for 2013-14)

Edmonton - Kevin Lowe ... uh, I mean, Shawn Horcoff ($5 million cap hit until 2014-15)

LA - nobody

Minnesota - Dany Heatley ($7 million cap hit until 2013-14)

Nashville - Paul Gaustad ($3.25 million cap hit until 2015-16)

Phoenix - nobody. I have to include the write-up: "Letís make this clear: This isnít happening. The Coyotes can barely afford to pay their own players. The idea of them paying a player not to play for their club is beyond logic. Thereís a reason they have all that cap space."

San Jose - Martin Havlat ($5 million cap hit until 2014-15)

St. Louis - Alex Pietrangelo





Ha ha! No, they aren't buying out anyone.

Vancouver - Keith Ballard ($4.2 million cap hit until 2014-15)


And for the East:

Boston - nobody, %#$!*&&&ing nobody!!!

Buffalo - Ville Leino ($4.5 million cap hit until 2016-17)

Carolina - Tuomo Ruutu ($4.75 million cap hit until 2015-16)

Florida - Ed Jovanovski ($4.1 million cap hit until 2014-15)

Montreal - Tomas Kaberle ($4.25 million cap hit until 2013-14)

NJ - Anton Volchenkov ($4.25 million cap hit until 2015-16)

NYI - Rick DiPietro ($3.57 million cap until 2020-21. SERIOUSLY!)

NYR - Brad Richards ($6.66 million cap until 2019-20)

Ottawa - nobody

Yay, us!!! - Ilya Brygzalov ($5.66 million cap until 2019-20). I think this is rather dumb, as Briere is the logical first choice.

That other NHL city in Pennsylvania - Marc-Andre Fleury ($5 million cap until 2014-15)

Tampa Bay - Vincent Lecavalier ($7.73 million cap hit until 2019-20)

Toronna - John-Michael Liles ($3.87 million cap hit until 2015-16)

Washington - Brooks Laich ($4.5 million cap hit 2016-17.)


Which, if any, of these big-ticket underachievers might interest Paul Holmgren? I'd be inclined to kick the tires with Laich (who put up 149 points in the 3 seasons before this one), Ruutu and Heatley.
I'd kick the tires around Laich, Richards, and Ruutu definitely. Heatley and Havlat scare me a little too much. Leino maybe for a very, very good price. I don't think there's any chance the Lightning buy out Lecavalier this summer. They'll amnesty Malone to give them some breathing room and give Vinny at least another year before deciding whether to keep him or not.

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