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Teams get two amnesty buyouts over next two summers

Jan 6, 2013, 8:50 AM EDT

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NHL clubs will have to adjust to a $64.3 million salary cap in 2013-14 as part of the tentative new CBA, but they will each get two amnesty buyouts to help them through the transition, according to CP’s Chris Johnston and Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos.

The debate on which players will be bought out will start immediately, but teams don’t need to rush to a decision. NHL franchises will be allowed to use the buyouts starting this summer and they will also have the opportunity to exercise them during the 2014 off-season. They can buy out two players simultaneously or spread them out if they wish.

The players bought out will still receive two-thirds of what’s left on their contract, but those costs will not count towards the salary cap. However, they will still count towards the players’ share of hockey-related revenues.

Given that the first amnesty buyout period won’t start until this summer, some potential candidates will have the opportunity to try to avoid that fate by performing admirably during the shortened season.

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  1. mikeyhigs - Jan 6, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Bye Bye Bryz!!

    • zetaone - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:03 AM

      I’ll laugh if he goes to a sunbelt team again and puts up good numbers once again.

      • hockeydon10 - Jan 6, 2013 at 3:25 PM

        Seems there are two Bryzes. The one in Anaheim and Pheonix that put up good numbers, and the one in Philly. What made all the difference? My guess is his goalie coach. Just look at what Mike Smith did in Pheonix last season with the goalie coach that helped Bryz put up good numbers.

      • edwelsh8 - Jan 7, 2013 at 7:01 AM

        Bryzgalov did well in Phoenix because the pressure to win wasn’t as high. He can’t handle that pressure well, so he’ll do fine if he goes to another small market team.

  2. spicyjimbolaya - Jan 6, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Just when Viking fans got their butts kicked last night, they wake up this morning cheering for the Wild. Coincidence?

    Go Packers!

  3. millertime30 - Jan 6, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Leino and..?

  4. broadstbully33 - Jan 6, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Breezy in the wind!

  5. mamsy2000 - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    That fat f*ck Byfuglien better shed a ton of weight or the Jets will be shedding his fat contract.

    • zetaone - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      He was 3rd on the Jets in points…

  6. valoisvipers - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    So the Habs and their fans will have Gomez again this year. So sorry, so sad LOL

    • sportsfan69 - Jan 6, 2013 at 5:19 PM

      Yeah, “No Goal Gomez”

  7. gotampabay52 - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:14 AM


    • anarchist9027 - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:49 AM

      It would be nice if you spoke a lick of English and not used ALL CAPS for every word in your pitiful excuse for a shout out, you sound like a complete idiot; just saying.

    • tbbolts91 - Jan 6, 2013 at 3:30 PM


  8. kingjoe1 - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Well great the Flyers can go in and sign PK, knowing they will dump Pronger this summer and Bryz the next.

    • zetaone - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      Why would Philly dump Pronger? He was their best defensemen before he got injured. His contract doesn’t count against the cap because he’s on long term IR. Do Philly fans even understand sports? Or do you all just drag your knuckles on the streets while mindlessly chanting your favorite team’s name?

      • raoool - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        Actually, even on LTIR (at least in the previous CBA) Pronger’s pay impacts cap money. LTIR is basically an exception that lets the team exceed the cap by some amount based on their free cap space and the player’s salary. How the new CBA addresses this is likely still being worked out. But given the spirt of this deal (contract % variances and term lengths designed to stop the ‘workarounds’ practiced by Ed Snider et. al.) it would seem logical that the LTIR ‘loophole’ will also be eliminated – or at least minimized.

        Let’s go Flyers!!!

        (excuse me – have to clean the blood off my keyboard and go bandage up these knuckles)

  9. mamsy2000 - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    As a Jets fan who went to about 20 games last year I can tell you that Byfuglien looked terrible. Yes I know he put up lots of points but his effort was pathetic and his conditioning was pathetic. I’ve never seen a player just give up after losing the puck and refuse to skate back. Trust me…I saw it with my own two eyes on a nightly basis. I’m sure management saw it too.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      You aren’t familiar with the careers of Valeri Bure and Pavel Brendl then?

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      I’m sure you know a lot more about the situation than the coaching staff since you saw 20 games.

    • alexbaymac - Jan 6, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      I saw the same thing his last year with the Hawks. No one was more motivated than a self-motivated Big Buff…but no one could seem to motivate him. If he wasn’t ‘on’, he was invisible. I was one of the few that wasn’t (too) sad to see him go, simply because you never knew which Buff was going to show up (or not show up, as the case may be).

  10. mclovinhockey - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    So 1 next summer and 2nd the following? Anyone know if you can resign the player you buyout with this CBA? It would be interesting to see teams that don’t really need it to buy out big contracts than resign the players for pennies on the dollar. As much as people hate Bryz, if he was making 1.5 mill a year I don’t see people complaining.

    • zetaone - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:59 PM

      No, two anytime starting this off season.

      “NHL franchises will be allowed to use the buyouts starting this summer and they will also have the opportunity to exercise them during the 2014 off-season. They can buy out two players simultaneously or spread them out if they wish.”

      They have from this off season, till the next to use them.

  11. sdelmonte - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:31 AM


    Nah, I don’t think we will be that lucky.

    • zetaone - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      The biggest joke of a player in the history of the NHL. Part of me thinks he faked, or embellished half of his “injuries” because he just could never live up to the hype of being drafted 1st overall.

      • jl9830 - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:08 PM

        He really wasn’t that bad a goalie when he was healthy. There are and have been much larger jokes throughout the NHL.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:43 PM

        He was always pretty good when he played. He says all the right things about wanting to be out there an they seem genuine. Why hold his contract against him? You’re not paying it.

      • zetaone - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:51 PM

        Are we all talking about the same Rick Dipietro with these career numbers?

        Career: 315 games .903 save% and 2.86 GAA. Pretty lousy no matter how you spin it. Being on the Islanders isn’t an excuse either.

  12. sknut - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Pierre Marc Bouchard would be a candidate but I doubt the Wild pull the tigger with his concussion issues and hopefully he can come back healthy.

  13. jaredo10 - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Wade Reddan hit the road Busttt

  14. mnwildfan15 - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    When PMB is healthy he’s a top line winger he can dish the puck or throw in a spin-o-rama

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