* When a player aged 35 or older signs a multi-year contract, his average salary is counted against the team's salary cap during every year of the contract, even if the player retires before the contract is up.
* If the player is sent to the minor leagues, his cap hit is reduced by $100,000.
* For players 26 or older, a buyout costs two-thirds of remaining contract value.
* On a buyout, the team takes a cap hit for a percentage of the buyout value (according to a very complex formula) spread over twice the length of the remaining contract years.
Where does it say that the 35+ clause supersedes the Buyout Clause?
And wasn't Rolston sent to the minors? Isn't he on a 35+ contract also?
I think the bolded part says it all "every year of the contract"
I'm not 100% sure but I remember something being reported with Rod Brind'Amour and the Canes, that they thought of buying him out, it wouldn't have any affect on their cap but they would have saved on real salary. It is a weird and confusing situation though.