...i hate all this buyout talk. I know it will open up some cap room this summer, but it kills me that the Rangers would pay a non-roster Avery $1,333,333 in 2012-13 when they can just send him down to the Whale this year, get his entire salary off the books and be done with him at the end of the 2011-12 season.
Matheson adds that the Rangers want free-agent Brad Richards to center their first line, so they can move Brandon Dubinsky down to number two center.
...h/t to Spector's Hockey.
here's the big factor..... if we buy him (or drury) out, then we save cap room for the July 1 free agency. If we send Avery to the Whale, that will not happen until the free agency period is over. Then we won't have that money to give to say a Brad Richards
With the re-entry waiver claim, would his buy-out be split between the Rangers and Dallas, or would the Rangers absorb the whole hit since they actually bought him out? If the Rangers absorb the whole hit, than this makes no sense as Avery becomes a $600,000 player (net). But if the cap hit is split, than presumably the Rangers would save 1.3MM, instead of just $600,000.
I still think Avery has a lot to offer this club and hate this talk about sending him down to the Whale. I believe his late season scratches from the line up has less to do with his ability and more to do with his behind the scenes relationship with Torts.
As for Dubi, is the plan to put him back at center? I thought Torts' goal was to re-make him as a winger.
@trueblue31 Not saying that this is the best option, but you can agree in principle to a contract with say a Dubinsky, Callahan or Anisimov and not sign one or two until training camp to avoid that hit. There are options, don't think a move must be made tomorrow.
@AndyS According to cap geek it's split: http://www.capgeek.com/buyout_calculator.php?player_id=638
@Fleisch14 And he scored 0 goals.
@BBeck Who knows with Torts. Maybe he liked what he saw from Dubi at center in the playoffs and will decide to put him back.
@KevinDeLury So the total cap hit for a bought-out Sean Avery is $600,000+ in 2011-2012 and $650,000+ in 2012-2013? If so, than the buy-out may be worth it, in my opinion. Although as a big fan of his, I would like him to play out his last contract year.
@KevinDeLury nobody on the team scored!!! He is a 3rd line player making 3rdine money and is in the final year of his contract...there isn't aother player on the team that I want to see on the wing as a third liner... 10-12 mins a night and let him ay his game...burying him in harford doesn'tanswer anything if his contract stays on the books until camp opens at which point most FA will be signed
That's a good point. But the problem is the Rangers really only have one top guy and rest are at least to this point just role players. Stepan and AA may develop into more over time.
@KevinDeLury @Fleisch14 That argument pits the "role players" against how effective they are at their respective roles. In that case, sirens should be going off on Gaborik, Anisimov, EC, and others, because by that standard, Avery filled his role more efficiently as a 3rd liner (at his salary and limited minutes) than others did. I don't think removing Avery makes us a better team. I think getting your top guy to BE your top guy makes us a better team.
@Fleisch14 I disagree. I think the Rangers have too many guys who fit the same grinding, hard working role that don't chip in enough scoring. I think right now Prust is the better player over Avery so (as much as I hate to say it) Avery needs to go. Whether it's bought out, traded or sent to the Whale. Just because he played well in four playoff games doesn't mean he's turned the corner after two years of ineffectiveness.
@KevinDeLury there us more to hockey then scoring goals.. You need player to forecheck, hit, get pucks in the corners and play hard in front of the net.. Avery does all of that on a team that has few players willing to do it.. Not to his willingness to fight... Our "best player" gabrick I think only scored 1 goal, should we send him to Hartford? How about callahans inability to stay healthy for a full season, should we not sign him because he always gets hurt? Things are so cut a dry.. Avery is a very competent 3rd liner, not being over paid... Not everyone on the team has to score 20 goals
@Fleisch14 You said he was the best player on the ice, but he had no goals. Sure putting him in Hartford doesn't help this offseason but it does give NYR more cap room to make moves in season.