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Heatley Buyout May Not Be An Option For The Wild

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

When the Wild acquired Jason Pominville on April 3, the team seemed destined to use a compliance buyout this offseason on veteran Dany Heatley.

That’s now unlikely to happen.

The NHL salary cap drops to $64.3 million for 2013-14. The Wild’s will be about $63.9 million because performance bonuses achieved by Jonas Brodin put the Wild over last year’s cap. The Wild, as it stands today, has about $6.2 million to fill out next year’s roster.

Heatley would have been an ideal candidate for a compliance buyout. The team would still be on the hook for two-thirds of his $5 million salary, but the buyout would create a much-needed $7.5 million in salary-cap relief.

But on the same day the Wild traded for Pominville, Heatley tore the labrum in his left shoulder. He underwent surgery five days later and was given a four- to six-month recovery time.

That timetable is significant because an injured player cannot be bought out.


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Primis's avatar

This is amazing and fantastic.

Heatley (because he was a moron and got into a moron fight at the end of a decided game), has hurt himself and now hamstrung the Wild with that injury.

Please please PLEASE let this turn into even more a trainwreck.  After last offseason, screw the Wild and let them burn.

Posted by Primis on 06/18/13 at 11:13 AM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

“Dany Heatley will score 70 goals this year”.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 06/18/13 at 11:41 AM ET

SYF's avatar

I chuckled loudly in my belly.

Posted by SYF from A tall cool pint of Guinness on 06/18/13 at 01:27 PM ET

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Posted by RhymeTimeWingsDings on 06/18/13 at 02:15 PM ET

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