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No Bargains AT The Trade Deadline

from Bruce Dowbiggin at the Globe and Mail,

In short, there are no bargoons out there for talent as teams lock up everyone with a pulse. The inevitable result of the spending is repenting in misery over contracts that are virtually immovable in today’s market where clubs will be forced down to a $64.3 million salary cap next fall.

The following players have real value as players but a price tag that would scare off even Georges St. Pierre. Call them the sin in haste, repent at leisure contracts.

Brian Campbell, Florida ($7.1-million cap hit till 2016)

There are many teams who covet the slick defenceman now rotting on the Florida Panthers’ beach. With passing D men for the power play the scarcest commodity to uncover in the NHL, Campbell could make a team a Cup contender. But who wants this salary anchor? Only the brave will venture here. Besides, GM Dale Tallon needs Campbell’s contract to reach the salary floor.

Jay Bouwmeester, Calgary ($6.63-million cap hit till 2014)

The man who has never played in the postseason in either the NHL or CHL has played better this year. He is a minute muncher. But for a defenceman to carry that salary he has to be a power play producer. In Calgary, at least, JayBo has fizzled on the scoring side.

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I would not want any of those players with that salary on my team.  The only one that seems decent is tyler myers… and that is because buffalo is a giant mess right now.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 03/19/13 at 04:05 PM ET

w2j2's avatar

It seems there is a whole lot of talent who have priced themselves out of a trade and into limbo.

Posted by w2j2 on 03/19/13 at 04:58 PM ET

Paul's avatar

I wonder if we will see some teams pick up some of the salary of some of these players. Now that it is allowed, but don’t ask me the perimeters of it, but that could generate some trades.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/19/13 at 05:01 PM ET

DrewBehr's avatar

Mike Green still looks appealing as a reclamation project for the Wings, but that’s a hell of a price tag to hang on “hope,” especially coming off of the Quincey fiasco.

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 03/20/13 at 02:52 AM ET

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