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Talking Ryan Malone, Vinny Lecavalier Buyouts

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

Malone and Lecavalier's agent, Kent Hughes, said on Tuesday that they had not heard anything from the team regarding a buyout. But Hughes said, "We understand it's something they might be contemplating. It would be natural to do so."

Added Malone: "It occupies zero of my thoughts. I have no control over it. If they want to buy me out, there's nothing I can do. I would try to prove them wrong. It is what it is."

With more than $60 million in salary cap commitments for 2013-14 and up to five roster spots to fill, Tampa Bay could certainly use the cap relief. Buying out Lecavalier (with seven years, $45 million left on his deal and a $7.727 annual cap hit) and/or the oft-injured Malone (with two, years, $5 million left on his contract and a $4.5 million annual cap hit) certainly would create that.

In Lecavalier's case, it also would relieve Tampa Bay (if Lecavalier retires before the end of his deal) of potential significant penalties under the new salary cap recapture rule.

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Vladimir16's avatar

If VL was 6 inches shorter and 20lbs lighter the Wings would be beatin’ down his door to play for the Wings.
But hey, Stephen Weiss is always available.
Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 06/25/13 at 03:59 PM ET

That’s funny…..and, sadly true.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 06/25/13 at 04:25 PM ET


That’s a lot of dough to pay a guy to not play for you.  Or worse, two guys.

Posted by maltby18 on 06/25/13 at 07:21 PM ET


If VL was 6 inches shorter and 20lbs lighter the Wings would be beatin’ down his door to play for the Wings.

Ironic, considering you blast pretty much every larger player the Wings have.

Or that the Hawks just won a Cup with an active roster which had exactly 3 forwards bigger than 6-2 208 on it (Handzus, Stalberg and Bickell).

Complaining about Detroit’s size is one of the lazier, less informed complaints about the performance of the team one can make.  It’s also perhaps not even in the top 5 or 6 of reasons why Detroit didn’t win the Hawks series.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 06/25/13 at 09:00 PM ET

Luongo-is-my-hero's avatar

someone cant take a joke

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 06/25/13 at 11:51 PM ET


someone cant take a joke

Only the really stupid ones.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 06/26/13 at 07:46 AM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

Did somebody say something?

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 06/26/13 at 08:53 AM ET

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