Sorry, but I doubt anyone would take on Paulie's contract for anything.
They wouldn't be taking Kariya for the actual player, they'd be trading for his contract. With some promising prospects to acquire Staal, Kariya would give them cap relief. Where Staal is on the hook for the next 6 years, Kariya is a FA after this season, basically freeing up that 6m salary for Carolina.
With the way the Cap works now, I think you're going to start seeing Basketball style trades where teams trade players as much for their contract as they do for their talent.
I know what you are saying, I just think those kinds of move will come much closer to the Olympic break or the trade deadline.
At this point, I feel a trade partner would want more in return for their player if we were sending Paulie then if we weren’t.
As you stated, he’s walking after this year and I’d rather see us pay the other 3 mill or so on his deal then have to send an extra prospect in a deal.
Of course, I’d trade quite a bit if someone was willing to take Brewer and his contact off our hands.
Brings up a point…what if Brewer is done, Sydor isn’t coming back, and we were to trade Petro and Cole…..CC would have us by the nuts walking into FA. I’m not saying there aren’t other options, just thinking out loud.
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