Not that I believe Luongo will end up with the Islanders but...
Couldn't the Canucks and Islanders share a buyout of DiPietro? I was thinking that if such was possible, then a deal of Luongo and Ballard to the Islanders for DiPietro and whatever could work, no?
The Canucks would use up one of their buyouts as they are unlikely to otherwise use them, take only half the buyout hit from DiPietro, get a good player, picks and other assets.
The Islanders, with lots of cap space, get Luongo, Ballard, half of DiPietro's buyout cap hit.
I don't think you could share a buyout per se but the Isles could agree to keep half of Dipietro's salary and cap hit in a deal essentially making it the same thing. However, you'd need to ask yourself, would the Canucks rush to buy out Dipietro if his cap hit was just $2.25 mil? Maybe they would hang on to him for a year or two to see how he plays in a limited role here.
I do think elvis15 was on to something about Streit though. Perchance the 'other player' MG was refering to is Lubo and that the Isles are reluctant to move Streit until they know Visnovsky is reporting. That would make perfect sense to me
Dipietro ( whereby NYI absorb 50% of his cap hit )
Alternatively I could also see in MG's quote that he may be pushing for Nabokov in place of a cheapened Dipietro. This would answer the question about his comments regarding taking back cap they don't want and 'not what they're trying to do'. What they're trying to do is get one year out of Nabby and promote Lack next next. Maybe?
It could be all a push to get the Isles to absorb Dipietro's contract.
Edited by theminister, 22 January 2013 - 04:30 PM.