Rumour going around that teams can have 2 buyouts. Somehow i feel the pens get shafted because i dont even think we will buy out 1 player. But, what the heck. Hockey is back so i cant be too mad about it
Plenty of flexibility for this season, particularly to add players with expiring contracts.
The tricky business, obviously, will be 2013-14. Might have caught a slight break that the owners finally moved off of their $60 million number for the ceiling. It will instead be $64.3 million, the same as the 2011-12 season. The Pens have 14 players signed with about $12 million left to fill out the roster. Thankfully any new deals for Malkin and Letang wouldn't kick in until the year after, when hopefully things will be back on the upswing and there will be more room to re-sign them.
Also to consider: teams are allowed to use up to two "compliance" buyouts prior to the start of the 2013-14 season. The more options Shero and Botterill have at their disposal, the better.
With that out of the way, though... it's almost time to drop the puck on this season.
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Orpik - Letang
Martin - Niskanen
Strait/Bortuzzo - Engelland
then decide what to do going forward. Do you think there is any chance that someone decent becomes available after being bought out?
I would think that most of the guys who will be bought out this quickly would be the truly colossal failures -- Hi, Wade Redden -- but we haven't heard all the details on how the buyouts will work.
Teams have until the start of next season to exercise the buyouts, so one imagines most GMs would wait to see what they have first. I doubt it will be like after the last lockout where teams had to immediately slash salary to open the season and start signing free agents.
I really hate the idea of buy outs. Why reward teams like the Rangers for making mistakes? I guess the Islanders finally part ways with Yashin.
As the Pens move ahead I really hope they use cap space to stack up their top 6 F's and top 4 D. Sure its nice to be well rounded but there's enough quality coming through the pipeline to have some holes.
Just like I was saying for the longest time that Sid would take 8.7, I will take bets that Geno will not ask for a higher cap-hit than Sid, and will thus get 8 years, or less years if for some reason he prefers that, at 8.7 per.