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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

- The Minnesota Wild may want to rid themselves of a chunk — possibly two-thirds — of Dany Heatley’s $7.5-million salary with the amnesty buyout. But they can’t buy out an injured player, and Heatley recently had knee surgery.  He’s essentially a secondary player making first-line money.

- The Montreal Canadiens, meanwhile, will take about two seconds to use the buyout on defenceman Tomas Kaberle, who will make $4.25 million next season.

- Former NHL GM Craig Button wonders if teams will try to sign free agents to one-year contracts so they can see where the salary cap goes in 2014-15. It’s coming down about $6 million from the 2012-13 season, but maybe it will go back up to $70-million-plus in 2014-15.

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Also from Matheson,

- Will the Rangers use an amnesty buyout, which would be two-thirds of what’s left on (Brad) Richard’s salary, or about $25 million? That would be a substantial fall from grace for Richards, the former playoff MVP in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2004 Stanley Cup win. What is it with players who sign long-term deals with the Rangers? Scott Gomez, Bobby Holik. Do they go to New York to kill their careers?

- Red Wings forward Valterri Filppula teases you with high-end plays like his backhand goal in Game 2 on Saturday in a 4-1 Detroit win against the Chicago Blackhawks, but he’s done little to increase his value on the open market when free agency starts July 5. He has been outplayed by rookie Gustav Nyquist during the playoffs, giving Detroit lukewarm secondary scoring behind Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.

Filppula makes $3 million. Is he really worth any more than that to another team off 17 points in 41 regular-season games and five in the playoffs?

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SYF's avatar

- The Minnesota Wild may want to rid themselves of a chunk — possibly two-thirds — of Dany Heatley’s $7.5-million salary with the amnesty buyout. But they can’t buy out an injured player, and Heatley recently had knee surgery.  He’s essentially a secondary player making first-line money.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 05/21/13 at 12:14 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

First of all, what a great photo of Nyquist at the top of the page of the first article. It not only shows off his skill, but you can see the pure joy he gets out of making good plays. Love, love, love his enthusiasm. Once he gets that “regulated” a bit, he’s going to be a fantastic goal scorer and a solid defensive player.

Filppula makes $3 million. Is he really worth any more than that to another team off 17 points in 41 regular-season games and five in the playoffs?

No. And he’s certainly not worth the $5M he wants. But if he walks, I’ll bet the Rangers offer him a boatload of money to be their second-line center.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/21/13 at 01:02 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

No. And he’s certainly not worth the $5M he wants. But if he walks, I’ll bet the Rangers offer him a boatload of money to be their second-line center.
Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/21/13 at 02:02 PM ET

That would be priceless if they did that, and kept Richards as their 4th line center.

Or better yet. they pick up Flip, buyout Richards, and he gives us a discount to be our 2nd liner since he’s still raking in NY money, and we win the cup with him.

Posted by Hootinani on 05/21/13 at 02:35 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

they pick up Flip, buyout Richards, and he gives us a discount to be our 2nd liner since he’s still raking in NY money, and we win the cup with him.

Yeah, that would never happen. But you know what it would be if it did, Hoot. That would be a hoot. smile

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/21/13 at 02:40 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Yeah, that would never happen. But you know what it would be if it did, Hoot. That would be a hoot. smile

And Torts head would explode.

Posted by calquake on 05/21/13 at 03:45 PM ET

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