Likely Buyout Contracts

Here are a few possible candidates:

* Roberto Luongo, goalie, Vancouver Canucks: He is signed through 2021-22 with a cap hit of $5.3 million. If the Canucks aren’t able to deal him to Florida or Toronto, he’ll definitely be sent packing.

* Ilya Bryzgalov, goalie, Philadelphia Flyers: This would have been the second season of a nine-year deal with a cap hit of $5.6 million. It would be pretty bad if the Flyers made this move.

* Scott Gomez, forward, Montreal Canadiens: He has a $7.3 million cap hit through the end of next season. He had two goals in 38 games last season with the Habs and has been a disappointment.

* Wade Redden, defenceman, New York Rangers: He has a hit of $6.5 million that the club won’t be able to bury in the minors. He’d welcome the chance to get another shot in the NHL.

38 Responses to Likely Buyout Contracts

  1. LN91 says:

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Missed you boys.

  2. leafmeister says:

    Thank god. I don’t expect anything from the Leafs this year, but actually playing a season will likely mean a bottom 5 finish.

    I think I can suffer through 48 games of absolute shit if it means MacKinnon/Jones/Drouin/Barkov.

    • LN91 says:

      I really hope they finish bottom-5. I think they are one top-draft pick (Barkov, Monahan, or MacKinnon) from being a decent pick.

      Biggs was a defensive monster for Team USA. Led the PK for the US, and he and Trochek were called upon in the last minute against Sweden.

      His offence will hopefully grow, doing well in the OHL.

      • leafmeister says:

        Yeah the Biggs pick is growing on me. At best I could see him on Kessel’s line; whether that be 1st or 2nd. He could create space, make up for Kessel’s defensive errors, and feed off Kessel’s chances. At worst, he looks like a solid 3rd/4th line banger.

        I think it may be wise to unload Lupul at the deadline; teams are gonna be in overdrive this season and it is bound to be quite close. A bidding war could ensue.

        If we could grab another 1st somewhere in the 15-20 range we could have a shot at Max Domi/Curtis Lazar/Kerby Rychel. Maybe one of them plus hopefully Barkov/Mackinnon/Drouin/Jones/Monahan would have us on the right track.

        • JoelLeafs says:

          Could be tough though, seeing as no camps and many big name players not having played in the NHL. I think the beginning of the season could be very weird. I could see the Leafs tanking just as easily as I could see them killing it either out of the gate or in the end. My inkling is towards the latter scenario seeing as the G and D are very much in the air and JVR has no only been out of action but is going to be transitioning to center.

          Either way, it’ll be great to have something to talk about that isn’t wholly depressing. I’ll try to hold off on old hostilities here until at least the second week of the season.

          Pints up, boys!

      • lafleur10 says:

        we’ll be in a race with you guys for a bottom 5 pick this year ln91)and we’ll get one and we’ll land one of either jones,drouin,barkov to go along with galcheyuk,collberg and company.

        • leafmeister says:

          Not so sure that MTL will be so bad. They have a high end goalie, and if he got hot he really wouldn’t have to stay hot for so long. Also the Northeast isnt that strong.

          • lafleur10 says:

            we’ll be a bad team again leafmeister having price will help make it look better than it is but i fully anticipate us finishing in the bottom 5 nd then letting trevor timmins do his magic at the draft1

            • TimTheBone says:

              Well flower, i can’t help but agree that our habbys will unfortunately be no where near a top 5 pick.

              With a total healthy team back our line up looks poised to be fighting for the playoffs in a shortened season.

              Gionta, Markov, White, Moen all back from injuries will provide us with some big help on our PK and PP… Big reasons why we finished so low last year.

              Sorru but montreal has a much better chance at advancing to the conference finals in a short season this year than finishing bottom 5.

              • lafleur10 says:

                well you could be right tim i think it’s going to take some time for bergevin to clean the mess gauthier left and i’m just not sure in this short 48 game season how we’ll do i think if markov is fully healhty and the p.p. returns to the form it was we very well could fight for a playoff spot.i’m just not sure tim.

                • TimTheBone says:

                  One thing you need to consider though is that the mess he left was more or less just Gomez, aside from him and a few inflated contracts, it’s not all bad and we’re not that far off. With gomez gone after using the amnesty and perhaps one of gionta or kaberle (depending on how each plays this season) we could be in hard on a few high profile free agents

            • leafmeister says:

              1) NYR
              2) Boston
              3) Carolina
              4) Pitts
              5) Philly
              6) New Jersey
              7) Ottawa
              8) Washington
              9) Florida
              10) Montreal
              11) Buffalo
              12) Tampa Bay
              13) Winnipeg
              14) Toronto
              15) NYI

              It is difficult to predict; and it will be very close. However I do think the Leafs have just about the weakest roster in the East.

  3. JoelLeafs says:

    Also, Scott Gomez has been a disappointment? I think that’s giving him a bit too much credit. It’ll be cool to see Redden get a shot. Might as well try him out for a few weeks before buying him out. Bryz is going nowhere. With the allowance for salary cap being given this year, I don’t see why it would be such a bad idea to keep him around. Fuck, if Crawford gets injured or goes through a major slump it would be really nice to have Lu in the backup spot.

  4. leafs_wallace93 says:

    If I’m Roberto Luongo, wouldn’t I want to exercise my NTC and force Vancouver to buy me out so that I become a UFA while still collecting my buyout and be able to choose where I want to sign?

    I’m half anxious, half excited to see what Burke does, this is the environment where he could really pull off something surprising but at the same time ala the last days of JFJ he’s under the gun to make the playoffs and could make some knee jerk trades or signings. I don’t expect him to move prospects but can see him bringing in really bad contracts. Hopefully his stubbornness will force him to continue his rebuild.

    Someone I’d like to see targeted is E. Kane, if his media fueled ‘character issues’ put him on him on the block he’d be a perfect Burke guy. Package Kulemin with Kadri (and seriously how better who Jeff Carter look right now compared to these two?)

    • JoelLeafs says:

      Good point about Lu. I think the fear would have been of burying him in the minors, but since that is gone, why not fuck the Van city. Again, I have to think if they can’t get a decent trade they will just stick with him. They’re well under the cap this year and don’t really have any holes to fill. Maybe even toss him 15 games and think about shipping him to a team in the hunt with an injury or something. Unlikely, but I think them straight up buying him out before the seasons starts is even more so.

    • toronto77 says:

      Just curious, prior to the lockout this season, everyone was saying that this would be Burkes final season to make the playoffs and if not then he would be fired. But is that still the case if we have a shortened season? If the leafs fail the make the playoffs after a 48 game season than I would still keep him. Let his final chance at making the playoffs be in a normal 82 game season. Sooooo many different things can happen in a 48 game season that would or would not happen in a normal 82 game season.

  5. leafs_wallace93 says:

    And how great were the Russians at the World Junoirs. Three OT games, Mikhail Grigorenko looked great and to see the Russians actually appreciate winning a bronze whereas Canada looked embarrassed to play for it was nice to see Russia win on home ice. Even when they taunted Canada’s bench with the medal Canada acted like spoiled brats, one player swinging their stick at the Russians.

    Sidney Crosby is a good poster boy for Canada, obnoxious whiner whenever she doesn’t get her way.

    I’m rooting against Canada at every World Junior from now on.

    • TimTheBone says:

      I gotta say im in a completely different line of thought than you. I thought the russians looked like a very selfish playing team alltournament until that final game. Every player seemed like they wanted to be the hero all on their own. They came together that in that final game though.

      As for the taunting, i thought it was absolutely gutless. No class from those few players. Im a firm believer in respect in victory and defeat and the taunting was just terrible. Same goesfor the stick swinging. But that can only single out a few individuals. Not the whole of each team.

      As a proud canadian i hate seeing comments like your last. I get the effect of emotions but if you’re “with us” be with us all in. And refrain from thosr stupid emotional comments… But if youre not the true fan through thick and thin, hard times and such, then i dont know what else to say other than wish washy bandwagon fans just annoy me. Im not calling you out as one of those fans, even if it may seem like it. Im just explaining my way of thinking and just that comments like that last one,make,me think that way.

      Im just a proud canadian that gets upset when i see things of that sort.

      • leafs_wallace93 says:

        Works both ways a select few taunted the bench. Those players reflect there team.

        I can hate Canada, I hate the prescribed notion that I have to worship my homeland. It’s the World Juniors, a meaningless tournament. I’ve been a Leafs fan from Alan Bester to James Riemer but I’m a ‘fake fan’? Really are we ten years old? I didn’t take issue with Canada losing, I took issue with them being spoiled punks.

        Bandwagon, I’ve posted here daily for my team for seven years, lol bangwagon…. too cute. Patriotism, yawn.

        • TimTheBone says:

          See, somehow even when i say that im not labelling you specifically as that type of fan, you take it as though i am abd become defensive. I was only stating the feelings that your type of comment makes me have. Not how i feel specifically about you as a fan. Im sorry if you felt personnally attacked. Not my intention.

          Also, i understand the notion that the action of one can reflect badly for a team as a whole, but after watching the full tournament i can look past the actions of a couple russian and canadian players. If others cant, well thats too bad. But thats just the way it is i suppose.

          And finally this isnt about patriotism really. You say youre a hardcore leaf fan. Ok, well im a hardcore habs fan, and to me its not about being patriotic. Im a team canada fan in international play the same way i am a habs fan during the nhl season. Im Canadian yes, but to me it’s not about being patriotic. Being patriotic just increases my passion while watching.

  6. kessel_leafs81 says:

    ahhh missed this site.. as always theres ideas flowing through my head now that the new cba has settled and one being letting teams buy out a contract that does not count towards the cap after this season or next… now how bad does the loungo trade seem? Torontos bad contracts are all finished after this year or next so why waist the buyout instead of waiting them out? Vancouver needs a temporary second line center until kesler comes back.. Proposal:

    To Van: Bozak, 2nd round mid-level prospect
    To Toronto: Luongo

    Give lu a shot for the rest of this season and next, which is a good oportunity.. if he does awful then buy him out and see if reimers able to take over.. makes sense to me? were not giving up a whole lot and bozaks easily replaceable lets be honest.

  7. lafleur10 says:

    it sure is nice to be able to come back to this site looking forward to debating and talking hockey again guys it was too long welcome back everyone!

  8. doorman says:

    Well things will get interesting now, this will not help me wanna not watch, lol

  9. JoelLeafs says:

    What the fuck just happened to the site?

    Change scares me.

  10. Trade Man says:

    im just working on it. hahah

  11. doorman says:

    I am just happy I can post again

  12. lafleur10 says:

    trademan i like the new look of the site

  13. mojo19 says:

    Yo, diggin the site brah.

  14. mojo19 says:

    Leafs opening day line-up

    Lupul – J.V.R. – Kessel
    Mac – Grabo – Kuley
    Lombo – Bozak – Connolly
    Brown – McClement – Steckel

    Phaneuf – Gunnarsson
    Liles – Franson (they will sign him)
    Holzer – Komisarek


    inj – Gardiner, Frattin
    inj. Frattin, Gardiner

  15. leafmeister says:

    Since Kadri is one of the only guys who has been playing this whole time (and playing rather well), I would not be surprised to see him crack the line up.

    • mojo19 says:

      Ya I could see Kadri making the team. Perhaps over Lombardi? He’s hanging on by a thread.

    • leafs_wallace93 says:

      It’s Kardi and Bozak for Luongo, so looks like Connolly goes back to center.

      • mojo19 says:

        Bozak and Kadri? Jesus, nobody else has any interest in Luongo at all, except maybe Florida. The Canucks are looking at a $31 million buy-out that will be spread out until 2031.

        We would be doing them a huge favour by taking this contract. I don’t think we should do it unless we’re getting a 1st round pick back, or a top prospect like Jordan Schroeder considering the financials involved.

        Bozak and Kadri for Luongo? Burke should be fired. And I’m not big on either Bozak or Kadri.

        • leafs_wallace93 says:

          Apparently according to Sportsnet that is the deal.

          I was looking at Luongo’s numbers today and he’s only had one season in his career with a GAA over 3.00. Given that he prone to collapse every now and then those are good numbers. I’m wouldn’t be thrilled about his contract but he could be our next Cujo. Audition Luongo for this season and use a buyout on him if he fails.

          The nice thing of giving up Bozak and Kadri would be to force Burke to get another center in the off season (Lombardi and Connolly being bandaids) and forcing Colbourne to make the jump in the meantime.

          Though Burke should be fired either way.

          And for the record I’d prefer to tank but if they’re going to go for it don’t half ass it.

          • mojo19 says:

            I think its a great idea to audition him and buy him out if he’s not looking great. However, if we were to move assets for him there won’t be an immediate buyout.

            Honestly, I know some goalies age well, but Luongo’s play (though not necessarily his numbers) has slipped a bit in the last couple of seasons. Is he still a quality NHL starter? Absolutely, but I don’t see the point in grabbing this guy.

            I’m looking at 2, 3, maybe 4 years from now when we could have a chance at a winner, and I’m picturing us with this mid to late 30’s Luongo who is just okay, and its a grim future.

            I mean we could always find a way to get rid of him if that happens, but what a headache…

            Anyway’s we’ll see what happens. If he comes here, hopefully he can do well. Personally I say leave him alone, and go for the tank for once. Let’s keep the rebuild going. I’m sure most knowledgable Leafs fan’s would be okay with a proper Edmonton/Pittsburgh/Chicago style rebuild, using Rielly, and Gardiner as the two current building blocks.

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