Jan 30, 2017
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>BeterChiarelli</b></div><div>Considering that Ottawa is retaining on Ryan and taking on the horrendous Lucic buyout, a 3rd Round Pick, which is looking to be a late one at that, isn't much compensation when they could either a) keep playing Ryan, or b) just buy Ryan out.
If that was the 2019 2nd Round Pick, and/or there was a prospect involved, there's clearly much more incentive to make the move, but in either case, I don't know if Ottawa would want to be retaining. A pick and a prospect to free up a roster spot and still make the salary floor makes more sense to me.</div></div>
Ottawa wants out of the Ryan deal as much as Edmonton wants out of the Lucic deal. Ottawa would be doing a buyout either way so why not get a pick, even a 3rd, for it. The retaining part isnt an issue as they need to hit the floor. Buying out Lucic would amount to less money than a Ryan buyout, it's just a longer contract by 1 year.
Very few times in hockey where no matter what you receive in a trade, it still doesn't make sense. To me, Patrick Kane is an example. I know his cap hit and term are monstrous, but in terms of production, hes up there with 87. No way 87 ever gets traded, and I get the sense that's the case with Kane too. Hes so good at what he does, he is not replaceable and I feel trading him is a death wish for the franchise. As far as cap issues, they could easily trade a D man, and Kruger is all but guaranteed to be a Golden Knight. Having said that, what you provided here, in a fair value sense, would work but I think you need two 1st rounders to pull it off.