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NHL will Allow Teams Two Contract Buyouts for '13-'14. Who are yours?

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Ballard, and likely the underisable contract we get in our return for Luongo.

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Booth is worth his cap hit, definately not worth buying out. I'd take a 25 goal scoring, physical hitting top-6 forward for that price any day. His scoring pace was amazing, especially considering his injury. If he's scoring 30 goals he's a bargain.

If Raymond is scoring 30-35 points and less than 20 goals he's worth no more than 2 million, so not really worth buying out either.

Ballard is the obvious choice, but deserves this coming season to prove his worth. Right now he should be happy to sign for about 2 million max on most teams.

Luongo should definately not be bought out. Great trading chip obviously, and 5.3 million for a top-10 if not higher goalie is an absolute steal considering how much guys like Miller get and how inconsistent he is. Lu's cap hit is very manageable for most teams, but from a Canuck standpoint it makes more sense to trade him for cheaper assets.

I would probably buy out Kesler over most of the guys mentioned. He is banged up and washed up, this guy will not get back to his 40 goal, 70 point season after 3 major surgeries and will be lucky to hit 30 goals ever again. He's reduced to a 50-point-pace player and only really plays 3/4 of the season nowadays. Sure he's a great PKer but 20 goals, 50 points and good penalty killing is worth about 4 million nowadays. He honestly deserves around the same sort of cap hit that Booth has if these injuries keep hindering his play. That being said, if he can bounce back to a 30-goal pace he's well worth the 5 million cap hit.

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FORWARDS

Daniel Sedin ($6.100m) / Henrik Sedin ($6.100m) / Alexandre Burrows ($2.000m)

David Booth ($4.250m) / Ryan Kesler ($5.000m) / Jannik Hansen ($1.350m)

Zack Kassian ($0.870m)

DEFENSEMEN

Kevin Bieksa ($4.600m) / Jason Garrison ($4.600m)

Dan Hamhuis ($4.500m) / Keith Ballard ($4.200m)

GOALTENDERS

Cory Schneider ($4.000m)

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If you're buying out a contract, do it from the guys listed above.

Took out the pending UFA's and RFA's. Also took the liberty of assuming Luongo will be traded.

UFA's: Alberts, Edler, Ebbett, Higgins, Lapierre, Malhotra, Raymond, Volpatti

RFA's: Tanev, Weise

Something else to consider here (as pointed out earlier in this thread) is just how much cap, if any, will be coming to the Canucks in the Luongo deal.

regards,

G.

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