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07-10-2013, 03:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Zip15 View Post
Re: Ristolainen in Rochester/Finland, I wouldn't be surprised if the organization's position is that the Sabres can buy him out of his Finnish contract, and, at that point, can do whatever they want with him. Whether that's a good practice or not is another question, but Pegula may be applying the "If I pay you off, why do you care?" card. Quintessentially American that T-Pegs.
If that was allowed, you'd see more teams do it and the Russian factor wouldn't be as big of a concern.
The player or the player's agent can pay for a buy out, but not the team.

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