Originally Posted by Hoek
We could buy him out. Wouldn't that be a hoot?
I'm guessing you are joking and being sarcastic, but I'm sure some folks are serious about that option. My take is if I have to pay a guy the balance of his one year contract to buy him out, and since I'm paying that money anyway, why would I not have him at least play for my AHL team? Perhaps he gets picked up on waivers and I save money. Perhaps he gets better. At the very least if the team is decimated by injuries, you have somewhat servicable, albeit less than ideal, player that can log some NHL minutes on the blueline.
I just don't see how the organization gains by buying the player out. No one's spot is being lost by not buying him out.