June 22, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Edmonton Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini announces Nail Yakupov (not pictured) to the Oilers in the 2012 NHL Draft at CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Two Buyouts! This Is A Thing!

I already know where your mind is.  Just pull it back for a minute.

GIVE AND TAKE

The NHL salary cap is coming down.  Originally scheduled to hit around 70M, it’s going to drop to sixty…something.  If I had to guess, I’d say low 60s.  If it gets lowered to 60M, it will put over half the NHL over the salary cap.

If the NHL and NHLPA get around to signing the deal by January 11th, The NHL will let EACH TEAM buy out TWO PLAYERS in the 2013-14 season. And, it won’t count against the cap.  That’s a whole lot of ‘ifs’ and ‘whens’, but it’s a nice option to contemplate.

Again, that’s not for if hockey starts in two weeks, that’s in July.

The question is:  would you even use two buyouts?  If so, who would you buyout?

Calm down back there.  I know where you’re headed.

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  • Martin Lundén

    All depends on whether there will be a (12)/13-season or not and how the players perform if it does happen.

    • Jeff Chapman

      Hi, Martin. I hope you’ve been well. Looking forward once again to Swedish Oil!

      Unless there’s movement in the lineup between now and the start of the season, I wouldn’t be too surprised if the Oilers used one buyout at the end of the 2013 season. The Cap goes down to 62M in 2014-15, and something’s got to give.