Adam Proteau at The Hockey News notes that the NHL’s next collective bargaining agreement will likely include a provision allowing the opportunity for each team to “amnesty” one unwieldy player contract from its salary cap books without any penalty. Here’s who he thinks the Rangers will likely buyout…
New York Rangers
Likeliest buyout: Chris Drury. Yes, Drury has already been bought out, but the cap hit from it remains for this year and next so the Rangers could amnesty it. True, he’ll be only taking up a fraction ($1.67 million) of cap room in 2012-13, but the Rangers usually spend to the upper limit every season and could use that money for a helpful complementary player.
…wow, talk about kicking a guy when he’s down. That would be the ultimate slap in the face.