I have never been a fan of Colin White, but I'm shocked by this. If anything I thought he'd be the odd man out last summer before Salvador got hurt. No Salvador is still semi hurt and Colin only has 1 year left. So I'm confused.
Maybe he didn't want to give up his #5 for Larsson so he got the boot instead.
As for Hunter, why would they ask him to come to the arena from Western Canada and take a physical, show him around the arena and then 4 days later put him on waivers.
Nothing makes sense.
He took the physical to confirm he was healthy enough for a buyout, and complete the trade and get Rolston the hell outta here.
Wasn't Vanderbeek trying to buy his partner's share as well?
I believe it is a little more complicated than that. Yes, he is but they need to agree on a price in the first place. It could be the minority owners want to pair down the payroll so the team shows more profits and thus the value of the team is higher and they get more for their shares.
When teams often go through some type of ownership sell they cut payroll in order to increase the value.