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On cap-compliance buy-outs and no-trade clauses

The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch must have gotten a rare day off prior to the day-before-teams-make-decisions-they'll-inevitably-buy-out, a.k.a. the start of unrestricted free agency, so the Toronto Sun's Lance Hornby filled in the Sun newspaper chain's rumor-based-column category for Sunday evening, and he posited the following regarding salary cap-compliance buy-outs addind Christian Ehrhoff to the mix of unrestricted free agents...

“It adds players that you hope your team can get at a better price,” said one NHL exec on Sunday evening. “You know these guys aren’t going to sign for what they had before. You are going to get more players coming into the picture. You hear management guys say it all the time: “I love this player or that player at $3 million, but I hate him at $5 million’.”

And he offered this surprisingly honest take from a league exec regarding Jason Spezza's ability to continue to have Nashville on his no-trade list, which David Poile and Bryan Murray seemed to suggest was the most selfish act in the history of hockey:

“It complicates your life, no question,” an NHL team exec said of players’ having no-go lists. “It’s just another restriction we have to put up with in a cap system — and more players are getting full no-movement clauses in their contracts. Some teams benefit from that at times, like when an agent calls up and says: ‘We want to come to your team’ and you weren’t really aware of it. But it can be a double-edged sword if they just want to come (for a sunset season or strictly personal satisfaction). So you have to be careful.”

Hornby continues with free agent speculation...

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Luongo-is-my-hero's avatar

demonizing one guy because he refused to go to another team when the team is clearly not a destination spot for most players.  Him wanting to go to a contender is his perogrative, especially since he signed for less money so he could get a NTC.  At least he didnt pull a martin st louis and give them an ultimatimum with one team, or a ryan kesler and reduce it from 6 to 2 possible teams.  Spezza is only leaving because he doesnt want to go through another rebuild, and the gm and owner spin it around like he is being unreasonable.
THey make it sound like he is the devil because he doesnt want to go to nashville.

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 06/30/14 at 04:52 AM ET

Savage Henry's avatar

especially since he signed for less money so he could get a NTC.

This.  Teams are happy to accept the hometown discount that usually accompanies a NTC or NMC (limited or not), but it seems like expecting the player to waive it is par for the course.

Posted by Savage Henry on 06/30/14 at 05:49 AM ET

Iggy_Rules's avatar

Yeah, the Sens brass are being jerks on this one, of that there should be no doubt.

Posted by Iggy_Rules from Calgary, Canada on 06/30/14 at 07:22 AM ET

Luongo-is-my-hero's avatar

it is like they are trying to guild trip him into accepting the deal.  Its jedi mind tricks i tell you

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 06/30/14 at 08:30 AM ET


Yeah, the Sens brass are being jerks on this one, of that there should be no doubt.

Yeah, jerks!

Why can’t they just be happy for Spezza, screwing them by demanding a trade and then screwing them again by not allowing them to get the best return possible.

Posted by Garth on 06/30/14 at 10:00 AM ET

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