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06-18-2013, 01:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Monctonscout View Post
You think Desharnais fully replaces Lecavalier?

It has nothing to do with cap hit...TB's "cap" is their budget and how much Steve Y can spend on salaries. The cap can be 100 mil but if TB can only afford 80 mil in salaries it's meaningless.

The whole debate with Lecavalier's buyout for TB is about what the cost will be at status quo and how much the buyout + replacement player would cost plus the fact that his replacement will probably be inferior, at least the first few years.
Well Desharnais has gotten more points then him over the past 2 years. But he was just an example of an average 2nd line center. They can't keep the status quo because they are up against the cap and have very little space. They need to shed salary so will be taking a step back on paper regardless. If they want to get out of the basement any time soon then buying out Vinny makes more sense then someone like Malone. And it makes even more sense to trade and retain salary because it's cheaper in actual dollars paid out and you get assets back. It only costs cap space which won't matter in a couple of years anyways.

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