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Forum: Armchair-GMYesterday at 12:49 p.m.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>NHLfan10506</b></div><div><strong><em>Matt Murray, who could have been claimed for free</em></strong>, is now the centerpiece of a deal for Severson?

Take the goalies out and offer JBD and 1st...or something similar.</div></div>

I'm not trying to be argumentative, I just want to add context to your comment.

There are 31 teams that could have claimed Murray off waivers, and I think this was your point, any team including the NJD could have claimed him for free. Now, of the 31 teams, only 9 have the cap space to accomodate Murray's cap hit, but the NJD are one of those 9 teams, so the comment still holds weight. Of those 9 teams, 6 have goalies signed for a substantial cap hit, most for decent term. The NJD have Berniers signed for $4.125MM through 22/23, one season less than Murray. The final 3 teams, Arizona, Detroit, and Buffalo had the cap space, and do not have a goalie signed to a high cap hit and term. Arizona is entering a rebuild, and are selling their cap space for picks. That leaves 2 teams that could have reasonably picked up Murray off waivers for free. Why we think they didn't is irrelevant, as we can only speculate as to their goalie plans.

In the above trade scennario, Berniers is a part of the trade, which makes sense since the NJD wouldn't want both him and Murray. So the trade might be good, and it might be bad, but the argument that Murray was not claimed should not be used to determine the value of this trade idea.

I don't like the trade as it is, I'd swap out Sokolov for a better prospect. I like Sokolov, but he doesn't have a high trade value. JBD is just so good, so steady and reliable, and that 2nd is going to be a good pick. A decent prospect makes this a decent offer, IMO.
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Forum: Armchair-GMJan. 8 at 2:32 a.m.
Thread: Less pain
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>BlackwoodForVezina</b></div><div>Ottawa doesn't want to pay 2 2nds for that maybe they would if they were contending</div></div>

<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>justaBoss</b></div><div>If OTT wanted to get rid of Murray they'd buy him out. His buyout is rather cheap.</div></div>

<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>TheBoyDuddus</b></div><div>Not paying that to dump Murray when theyre not pressed up against the cap.</div></div>

Ahh, some common sense in these comments.

On a side note, teams don’t like to buy out players, and only do it if they absolutely have to. The main reason is a player is no longer an NHL level player, or is severely, and I mean severely, overpaid. With every Sens goalie struggling this season, no one can honestly say that Murray is the fault of the teams struggles, and is not an NHL goalie anymore.

There will be talk of a Colin White buyout this summer, but I wouldn’t bet on it. Yes it’s a cheap buyout at 1/3 cost, but they also would lose a capable NHL centre, which is a team weakness. Over paying a younger player a little is a better option than losing the asset. The team likes White, and they have missed him this season.

Guys like Murray, Zaitsev, and White have value, and until this team starts spending to the cap, their salaries are irrelevant because there’s no difference between $10MM cap space and $12MM, or $14MM. The Sens are fine through to the end of Murray and Zaitsev’s contracts, and only the final year of White’s contract may be a hindrance, and there’s always the offseason to deal with White if they need space for signing Sanderson to his second contract, which happens after the Murray and Zaitsev contracts end.
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