There's not a chance in the world that happens. The NHLPA would nix it and the big market teams would nix it, too.
In one of these gazillion threads I mentioned an article I read which said exactly the opposite - the NHLPA wants to make it much harder for teams to shuffle players to the minors for cap relief purposes. Makes sense, their purpose is to protect their members. At any rate, it sounds like both sides want it, how extreme the restrictions/repercussions could be is the question.
Owners were discussing the possibility of the amnesty clause, whereby you could buyout ONE contract at 100% and the player immediately becomes a free agent (like in the NBA).
For what it's worth, Yzerman was asked about this. He said he has heard absolutely no discussion about it and he thinks it would be extremely unlikely that it would be approved.
Remind me to not invest in any companies you own or run
Just because your company is rich doesn't mean you should just throw that sort of money away. Especially when that money is on the books a number of years from now.
If I'm going to go to my boss and ask to burn almost 8 M in the parking lot I had better give him a damn good reason as to why I'm going to do that.
With your risk tolerance you would never start a company.
What you need to do to make money is to take calculated risks. You don't think signing Finger, Schenn and any other player involves risks. An $8 million risk for a goalie who will likely retire by then or at worst be a capable and very cheap backup is a risk that doesn't seem nearly as great as risks that most GM's take every year. Certainly a smaller risk than giving an extension to Ron Wilson last year.
Now the risks in years 5 and 6 are huge and that I freely acknoweldge.
Florida - Roberto Luongo, Clarke MacArthur, Mason Raymond
Vancouver - Nick Bjugstad, Quinton Howden, Shawn Matthias
That is actually a decent looking proposal in terms of value. Probably the closest 2 way deal I have seen posted in the thousand or so for these threads.
- Toronto gets a short term upgrade in goal
- Vancouver gets a roster player to help now plus a couple of prospects.
- Florida gets a top flight goalie and a couple of forwards to keep them competitive in the short term while their prospects keep developing.
If anything I suggest that Florida is getting a raw deal in this. If anything they could use Schenn more than a forward so an extra piece would have to go to Toronto to change Macarthur out for Schenn. Maybe Florida or Vancouver's 1st rounder.