It would be a $2.1M Cap hit if they bought him out, which they can't.
If they waive him, he gets claimed by another team, and they are off the hook for all that salary. If he goes unclaimed, they can demote him to the minors and get back his entire cap hit. If they tried to recall him, someone would claim him for half his salary, and San Jose is on the hook for the other half.
Those bottom 2 lines are crap. Winning a Stanley Cup requires a 3rd line that can 1) Shutdown the opposing team and 2) Chip in some big playoff goals. They have neither, and no cap room to go get someone without moving Marleau somehow.
Last edited by Birdman; September 12th, 2009 at 02:29 PM.
at the draft party a couple of years ago, and under a considerable haze, i heard Birdman yell out the following (about 4 or 5 times, i think) - "don't marry yourselves to players!" he went on to reiterate that idea more than once on the boards, and i believe it to be absolutely sage.
San jose has a decent at best blue line and okay goaltending...they won't be as good as last season
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The Sharks are going to need a freaking cardiologist by the side of the rink considering the lack of heart between Heatley and Thornton.
The coach is going to need to be an expert in the Heimlich manoeuvre considering all the choking that will be going on.
Their third line centre will need to be a radiologist considering the massive cancer they've just got.
And so on.
As for the Sharks, I completely agree with you that while they should do fine in the regular season (if Wilson manages to ice a team with the money left under the cap), this is not a squad that looks like one capable of being a great playoff team.
The Pens had neither 1 or 2, at least they had no history of it before last season. Alot of people get all excited about Staal but I think the Pens' bottom 6 isn't all that different than the Sharks'. Who would you rather have from the Pens (going into last season, not what they turned into during it)?
The one caveat to this is that you just never ever know when the light will go on in some guy's head. If that somehow magically happens with Thornton, they could dominate in the playoffs. That said, I wouldn't hold my breath.As for the Sharks, I completely agree with you that while they should do fine in the regular season (if Wilson manages to ice a team with the money left under the cap), this is not a squad that looks like one capable of being a great playoff team.