I got some sceptical feedback in my "Next year's Lineup" post for the idea of buying out Kuba next year (If no one will give us 3 pucks and a broken stick for him at the draft). I was just wondering why. I will lay out the reasons I think it would be a good idea, and I would truly love to hear why you think it wouldn't be good/won't happen.
My reasons to buy out Kuba:
2-Making 3.7 next year, and we need to find room for D that will actually have an impact on our team going forward. Melnyk wants to cut salary. Buying Kuba out will save him upwards of 1.2 million (I think though I'm not sure exactly what it would be), but we will have cap room to spare to take the cap hit. Regardless of anything else, he won't be with us beyond next season (Thank God!).
4-I don't know of any other bloated forward contracts to trade for him that don't go beyond next year (other than Drury, which would probably be too much money to take back for Melnyk's liking). Taking another bloated D contract puts us in the same mess (though he probably wouldn't be as bad as Kuba, whoever it is).
If we can't move him, I don't see why we would keep him. He will hurt the development of our prospects, and we could save some money by buying him out.
I know there's no love here for doing that. Why is that?