Zedlee wrote:If not taken: bury him in the minors, pay his salary until his "out" clause kicks in, which I believe is in year 5 of his contract. So at most the Canucks will have to pay RL for 3 more years, at which time he'll be itching to exercise his out clause and get another shot at the NHL.
Luo is going to be willing to expand his list of teams this summer after the TO debacle.
His out clauses only require him to give a 5 team list that he will be willing to be moved to. I don't think he wants to wait, and if we wait for 3 more years after he's been buried in the minors his value will be even less. "Full NTC (Exception 1: Player can supply five-team trade list following final game of 2013-14, valid through July 15, 2014; Exception 2: If player does not submit trade list as documented in Exception 1, team can request a five-team trade list following final game of 2017-18 season, valid through Sept. 1, 2018. If player submitted a trade list in 2014 and was not moved, team loses right to request trade list in 2018.)"
I'm sure at this point any team East of the Rockies may be on Roberto's list.
If we bury him in the minors not only do the Canucks have to pay his $6.714M per year salary they will still have over $4M counting against the cap. (IIRC)
Getting some young assets and spreading out a buyout over 16 years is far better than burying Luo in the minors. Though I would be surprised if the Aquilini's will be willing to pay anyone that isn't playing for the Canucks that much money.