Under the new CBA a player's cap hit drops by 900k once he gets waived before being sent down/bought out etc. Why should it not apply here?
Because it is an exemption. This was the agreement. I don't know why you are being hard-headed here. If you buy-out a player in the current buy-out period (until Saturday) you do not get the 900k cap relief. You only get it if the player is part of your team past Saturday.
Doesn't the new CBA allow the Habs to pick up some of Gomez's salary in a trade? We could split the difference (3/4mil for the teams) and then that team could use their buy out on him next season if they liked. Not sure the rules on this.
Le salaire de ce dernier sera comptabilisé dans son intégralité dans la masse salariale de l’équipe pour la durée de la saison écourtée, mais ne pèsera plus sur les épaules de la direction à compter de la saison 2013-2014.
It would be odd if the Habs and Rangers DIDN'T save the 900k. I mean, why incentivize sending a player home rather than buying him out? The reason that this exception was agreed upon was to free the player to play elsewhere, so why give the teams a valid reason NOT to do it?
Looking forward to clarification on this issue. I suspect in the end the Habs WILL save the 900k...
I'm glad Gomez gets the chance to play somewhere else this season and I wish him the best, whether we save money or not. I'm sure the whole Habs organisation are too. It was nothing personal, like Bergevin said. It's better like that. For everybody.