if we put him on re-entry waivers and pay half his salary so he can play on some other team that is outrageous. i'm pretty sure he doesn't have to clear re-entry to come back up during training camp. this move is either desired to humble him and convince him there is no good market for him (as i'm willing to bet he has an ego similar to Ethan Moreau) -- or Katz will flip him the bird and pay him to play in the AHL.
Thats what I hope, anyways... the only caveat being if we can swing a deal with teams at the top of the waiver wire to send assets in return for a re-entry waiver claim..
Wow, talk about a harsh dose of reality. I have to wonder what the offers must have been like, for Tambellini to do this. For both sides, the perceptions of this are ugly and a big damn piece of humble pie.
Obviously this proves he doesn't have any value at his current contract. The only deals that might have possibly been offered would have been for high cap players in return. I was hoping he had value as well but obviously he doesn't, and I'd rather just get rid of him than take another team's problem in return.
They may be trying to terminate his contract outright. I think there is a case that he has breached his SPC by harming the reputation of the team and impairing his own trade value. The CBA requires that he be waived first, but if he clears I wouldn't put it past the team to call for his SPC to be torn up.
I will be watching with interest.
Interesting point. So his accusations against the medical staffs and no communication from the management with him since his injury could come back to haunt him?
Only if they send him there. But, yes, the buyout period is over. The only way they could buy him out this year is if someone signed one of their RFAs to an offer sheet. Personally, I don't think he's a realistic buyout option anyway. They'd save $3M on the cap this year and next, but they'd have a $1.5M cap hit for the following 2 seasons.
That would be a terrible move. Cap space for the next two years has little value -- the Oilers aren't contending. The cap hit in years three and four will be huge when the new forwards are coming up for new contracts, and relatively good deals like Penner and Hemsky expire.