Jul. 23, 2019
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Tampa will buy him out. The savings this year are important to keeping Palat and Rutta. After moving McD, there's 0 chance they let Palat walk, and Rutta should sign for less than what Myers is making. If they don't trade playoff dud Killorn(who should've been moved before McD imo), they'll have approximately 9 million in cap to sign Palat, Rutta, and a 3LD. If they move Killorn, they'll have around 13.4 to sign Palat, Rutta, a 3LD and replacement for Killorn. Either way, they'll be fine. The team lost 4 forwards after the b2b, and had to choose between losing two more impactful F this offseason or a very good, but older, dman. Either McD or Killorn are gone if they want to keep a better F in Palat and 2nd best RD Rutta(which have been stressed as a priority). ABB is 100% wasted on a 4th line, if he makes the team its 2nd line or nothing more than likely. They should probably trade both for value now, but perhaps it's just McD. Of course 3LD is weak in that scenario(unless Rutta shifts there, a possibility), but that's not a huge deal. Killorn is nothing special in the playoffs unless he's getting pp1 time. It's simple asset management to keep the 1st line winger Palat, get good value for McD and Killorn, be able to find solid fill ins for them at least this year, and still have the space to keep most, if not all of the rfas next year. It will be only tougher to move McD after next year, although a buy out or if necessary, waivers, could be an option. Tampa will not sacrifice any of Serg, Cirelli, or Cernak to keep McD around past this year, tops. Since JBB probably wants to extend them this Summer if at all possible, I would expect McD to be moved sooner rather than later. <div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>tonyhzs</b></div><div>Except for the verified reports that Tampa has asked McD about him moving and waiving his trade protection. TB will lose one of Palat or Paul, or both.
You are correct, McD is easily a top 3 on most teams at this moment. Problem is, his style of play tends to lend itself to a lack of late career durability and sharp declines as he ages. Lidstrom aged like a fine wine, but he is the exception to the rule. Almost 7 million against the cap for 3 (?) More years, at this age, is not favorable. McD has already started the decline, as 2 years ago, I would have slotted him 1 or 2 on about 25 teams in the league. That is not at all saying he is bad, just that the cap hit can become an albatross REALLY quick. I'd liken McD to Ktonwall, who went from debatable 1D on most teams to ok bottom 2 within 2 seasons.</div></div>
Tampa already signed Paul, and if nothing can be worked out reasonably with McD, Killorn will very likely get moved in order to keep Palat and maybe Rutta.