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06-18-2013, 01:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Sorinth View Post
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.
The only way to move VL and have it make sense for them is if somebody just took his contract. If they have to keep paying him 1/3 of his salary plus have to replace him, cash flow wise they are no further ahead.

The main reason they want to move him is to free up money for Hedman and whoever they take #3 overall, so they don't end up with 4-5 good players surrounded by 4th line calibre talent.

Moving Malone makes more sense, they can probably move him witout taking back salary, may even get a pick back, plus they can use Killorn as a decent replacement.

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