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Compliance Buyout Talk

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis — like the rest of his NHL brethren — will be watching and guessing who’ll be on the list of this summer’s new wrinkle to the collective bargaining agreement: the compliance buyout.

“We all speculate and say this guy is an automatic buyout,” said Tampa GM Steve Yzerman. “But teams don’t share that information; you don’t know their financial situation, what they’re doing with trades, or guys in the minors, what they’re planning to spend.

“I’m very interested in seeing what happens. It could be very interesting, or it could be very anti-climatic.”

The compliance buyout offers a way for some teams to get under the salary cap (it drops to $64.3 million next season from $70.2 million) and offers other teams a chance to get out of bad long-term deals without any consequences toward the salary cap.

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OlderThanChelios's avatar

Forward Ville Leino, Buffalo Sabres.

There might not be a bigger bust as a UFA than the six-year, $27 million deal the Sabres inked Leino to two summers ago.

With the 5th round pick the Wings got for Leino, they chose Mattias Backman, a 6’2” defenseman that Red Wings Central currently ranks as the Wings 8th best prospect. And because of his steady play and continued improvement, he was recently signed to a three-year entry-level contract.

So, thanks a lot Ville for being so arrogant that you felt that a year in the AHL was beneath you. Your arrogance may very well have netted the Wings a DeKeyser-like D-man with both size and a safe and steady approach to the game.

Funny how things work out sometimes.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 06/05/13 at 12:34 AM ET

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