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If Bill Zito was the general manager who signed Sergei Bobrovsky to his massive contract, and if head coach Joel Quenneville wasn’t one of the most powerful coaches in the game, no way $70-million investment the two-time Vezina winner is a healthy scratch for back-to-back elimination games.

This is an embarrassing situation. And in a flat-cap world with cost-effective Spencer Knight here, it’s difficult to see a way out.

Yes, GMs can buy players out or attach incentive and trade bad contracts.

For example, Toronto’s Kyle Dubas gave Carolina a first-round pick to take one year of Patrick Marleau’s paperwork off his hands.

What’s the going rate to take five years and $46.5 million in real dollars owed ($19.5 million of which is signing bonuses) for a goalie with a .906 save percentage?

Luke Fox of Sportsnet who has more weekly observations...

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OlderThanChelios's avatar

What’s the going rate to take five years and $46.5 million in real dollars owed ($19.5 million of which is signing bonuses) for a goalie with a .906 save percentage?

How about the Panthers’ next four first-round picks plus Owen Tippett. Seems fair to me.  LOL

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/29/21 at 12:26 PM ET

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No way no how if I’m a GM do I ever sign a goalie to a deal of more than 5 years or over $7.5M per season. And that was before a flat cap world.

Only two such deals have turned out OK.

Rinne and Lunqvuist. And one can make an argument that even these were failures since neither team won a Cup during those contacts with each team only making a finals appearance one time.

Florida has created quite the ugly situation in net and Bob’s contract make a buyout in the next couple of seasons almost worthless. They’ll have to get super creative to unload it.

Posted by evileye on 06/01/21 at 10:45 AM ET

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