Thread: Speculation: Off-Season 2013 - Part II
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06-22-2013, 04:38 AM
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If we can't get a pick for Malone before the draft, his cap hit all but dooms him to being our first compliance buyout.

Due $5m over the next 2 years at a $4.5m cap hit for each. Bought out we pay $3.3 over 4 and reclaim $9m? He's shown no consistent chemistry in top 6 roles with either of our top centers. His cap hit isn't worth his production in a bottom 6 role. Yes, he plays hard. He pays all the harder for it too. The only silver lining to the storm cloud lurking over Malone is that Cooper might have a plan that includes him in it. Because when Yzerman evaluates the dollars and cents/sense of it, that is the only thing that will save his spot on this team.

On the plus side for Malone, I bet he can secure himself more than $2.5m per year on the open market post buyout. Could even find a top 6 role if willing to take less or play for a team not so near to contention.

I woould be curious to see his 12 team list though, just wondering where he'd like to end up.

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