I'd buy out Seguin and re-sign him to an 8 year-$14M contract.
I'd buy out Chara and re-sign him for an 8 year-4.8M contract.
Just knocked about $10M per year off the cap payroll for the next 6 years.
If they don't allow that they should at least add the ability to restructure someone like Chara.
If they don't allow one of the above I think Marchand, Lucic, Boychuk and Peverley are possibilities. I'd actually try and trade Marchand to a team in the West. If contract values are going to end up going down as a result of the CBA, a $4.5M hit for a guy like Marchand may be quite a bit above market value. Lucic is in the same boat, IMO. I like both of them so it would be tough to move either one, but business decisions will have to be made for the long term health of the team. Plus it would be nice to have plenty of cap space when Patrick Kane becomes a FA in a couple of years; or maybe we should target him now
I haven't seen the deal yet, but I presume that teams cannot buy out a player and then re-sign him. Does anyone know the answer to that one?
Teams that make good decisions, like the Bruins, kind of get the shaft here. Not only do they not have to buyout anyone, they won't have cap space to sign FA's and the market it going to have 30-40 guys or so who are already getting paid and won't be looking to break the bank.
Restructuring or buy outs resignings would be fair to the teams that have been responsible with their spending but I don't see it happening either. Just wishful thinking.