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Predators finally buy out Brett Lebda

Aug 10, 2011, 12:06 PM EDT

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Brett Lebda‘s very short-lived days as a Nashville Predator are over. According to James Mirtle of The Globe And Mail, the Predators have bought out the recently acquired blue liner.

Lebda was acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs in a deal that saw Nashville send defenseman Cody Franson and concussed forward Matt Lombardi to Toronto in exchange for Lebda and Robert Slaney. The deal was a cost-cutting move for Nashville as they were unsure if Lombardi would be able to come back this season while he recovers from a concussion suffered early last season. As it turns out, he’s making progress and could very well play this seasons.

Lebda was due to make $1.45 million this year and compete for a spot in the top six of the Predators defensive unit but will instead be dead weight against their cap the next two seasons as two-thirds of his $1.45 million will be paid out over that time. After a miserable season in Toronto, Lebda proved to be one of Leafs GM Brian Burke’s more questionable signings, but that bad signing has instead turned into at least one quality defenseman in Franson and a potential top-six forward (when healthy) in Lombardi. It was a good deal alone with Franson but if Lombardi comes back to play, it’s a robbery by Burke on Predators GM David Poile.

  1. derpdederpdederp - Aug 10, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    the buyout really is the ultimate insult isnt it? its your organization telling you “youre so bad were gonna pay you your salary in full not to play for us.” I always had the impression Lebda was at least decent, but I guess playing on Detroit can make you look better than you really are

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