I think there will be a rush of teams that decide last minute they don't want to carry contracts for another 5-10 years of some players, but don't have the money to pony out am amnesty payout. It hasn't happened yet, but I fully expect it to.
In this situation we would benefit - the team would trade said player to us, along with compensation for the amnesty (ie, picks, prospects, or players) and we would subsequently buy the player out, should be chose to.
I'm not worrying. NHL will find the way to strip us off all those picks and players and prospect, suspending people indefinitely and cancelling picks for bogus reasons so we cannot buy any good player for money.
If Detroit wants to be silly and suggest we would give up Franson for a 3rd or 4th round pick?! I suggest Franson is available for Jimmy Howard.... that's where I would start and see if they were willing to add more pieces to the trade....because I would be willing...
We don't have a very deep defense this year and most of our up and coming guys are not quite ready for the NHL. A third is probably "fair" return at this point... but I'm of the opinion that Franson is much better than he has shown. Last year was just a numbers game and he lost... I think he establishes himself as a regular and has a good year. A third will look like highway robbery in a few years.