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Yzerman not planning to use second buyout this summer

Jun 27, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

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After the Lightning announced they were buying out captain Vincent Lecavalier this morning, the next question was if there’d be someone else headed out the door with a fat paycheck in hand.

GM Steve Yzerman says that’s not in the cards right now.

Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times finds out from Yzerman that there’s nothing cooking for another buyout this summer.

“We’ll see what happens next year but for this year there’s no plan,” he said.

What that means is forward Ryan Malone can breathe a little easier.

With Lecavalier out the door, that could mean just about anyone would be eligible to be bought out and Malone was a prime target with two years and $5 million left on his contract. Malone’s biggest issue, however, is his $4.5 million cap hit. If Mattias Ohlund were healthy, he too would likely be a candidate as well.

  1. jacketsfan7 - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    They’re losing a hell of a player , but I do think that the move was necessary for cap space , I hope Vinny goes to anywhere where he can succeed for the rest of his career

    • desertfan - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      He is now the # 1 FA available so watch the action- maybe another 5-7 M per X 5??

      • georgejarkko - Jun 27, 2013 at 4:04 PM

        somehow I doubt he gets another $7m/yr contract.

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