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Tim Murray Willing To Accept A Large Contract Via Trade

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

“I’ve got a lot of potential deals out there that have a first coming back, whether it’s in the 20s or in the teens,” Murray said. “I have been trying hard to do that. The people I’ve talked to haven’t said no, but nobody’s called back and said, ‘Yeah, let’s do this deal.’ ”

One avenue Murray is exploring is accepting an inflated contract along with a first-round pick. Some teams are eager to rid themselves of cap-crunching deals, and the Sabres have salary cap room (plus owner Terry Pegula’s buyout power) to help out.

“I would make a trade for a large contract to get a first-round pick involved,” the GM said.

“Every trade that every team makes, money is a consideration. I’m not going to say that I would just make that trade to buy a guy out. If that happens, it happens. I may take a contract on to play here. It would depend on the player.”

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Luongo-is-my-hero's avatar

I remember reading somewhere that teams weren’t allowed to trade for a player only to buy him out.  I remember a lot of gm’s were talking about that, but the NHL put a stop to those plans.  This went for compliance buy outs, not sure if regular buyouts were included in that case.

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 06/20/14 at 11:08 AM ET


I’ve not heard that, Luongo.

I know they put a stop to Tampa trading LeCavalier to another team (Toronto?) so that he could be bought out by that team and Tampa could re-sign him to a smaller contract, but I’m not sure about this situation.

Though the fact that a GM is talking publicly about it makes me think it’s “legal”.

Posted by Garth on 06/20/14 at 11:32 AM ET

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