NHL Rumors: Clarkson, Leafs, Hemsky, Miller, Iginla, Greiss and Old Habs-Lightning Trade Rumor


  • Greg Brady: SportsNet’s Doug MacLean said yesterday morning on the Fan 590 that there will be serious discussions from the Maple Leafs about the possibility of buying out David Clarkson this summer for salary cap relief.
  • Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun: Five members of the Maple Leafs organization who are on the hot seat as playoffs slip away: 1. Dion Phaneuf 2. Randy Carlyle 3. Jonathan Bernier (not due to his play) 4. David Clarkson 5. Dave Nonis.
  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators haven’t started contract talks with pending UFA Ales Hemsky. GM Bryan Murray hasn’t said whether he plans on trying to re-sign Hemsky or not. Murray has been happy with Hemsky’s play since they acquired him.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “I would say the odds of Miller staying in St.Louis are reasonable to more than that.” … “I’ve been led to believe that the term Miller is seeking as a UFA is much shorter than people would think.”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “Iginla is likely to stay in Boston. Chiarelli has reached out to Newport Sports.”
  • Sarah McLellan: Contract talks between the Coyotes and Thomas Greiss will resume once the season is over.
  • Hope Smoke: Jeff Marek on #MvsW again yesterday: “Montreal was going to send Price, Pacioretty & one of Subban or McDonagh to TB for Lecavalier”  … “Reason deal didn’t go through is because a Montreal investor was interested in buying the Lightning & wanted Lecavalier on team.”

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  1. #1 by Douglas at March 27th, 2014

    The Leafs already bought out Komisarek & Grabo. I’m pretty sure each team is only allowed 2 buyouts. What am I missing? Clarkson had a rough start to the season with the suspension and never became a contributor.

  2. #2 by jim at March 27th, 2014

    you are thinking of compliance buyouts, they can still buy him out, it would just be a long, lingering (but smaller) cap hit. I think it is half the cap hit over twice the length of the contract or something like that.

    depending on the year, it would cost the Leafs 1.7mil a year until 2026, and have a cap hit each year that ranged between 40K- and 3.8 million. http://www.capgeek.com/buyout-calculator/?player_id=780

  3. #3 by Mark Easson at March 27th, 2014

    Here are his buyout #’s from capgeek

    SEASON
    SALARY
    CAP HIT
    BUYOUT
    SAVINGS
    BUYOUT CAP HIT
    2014-15
    $4,750,000
    $5,250,000
    $1,791,667
    $2,958,333
    $2,291,667
    2015-16
    $5,500,000
    $5,250,000
    $1,791,667
    $3,708,333
    $1,541,667
    2016-17
    $7,000,000
    $5,250,000
    $1,791,667
    $5,208,333
    $41,667
    2017-18
    $7,000,000
    $5,250,000
    $1,791,667
    $5,208,333
    $41,667
    2018-19
    $4,750,000
    $5,250,000
    $1,791,667
    $2,958,333
    $2,291,667
    2019-20
    $3,250,000
    $5,250,000
    $1,791,667
    $1,458,333
    $3,791,667
    2020-21
    $0
    $0
    $1,791,667
    -$1,791,667
    $1,791,667
    2021-22
    $0
    $0
    $1,791,667
    -$1,791,667
    $1,791,667
    2022-23
    $0
    $0
    $1,791,667
    -$1,791,667
    $1,791,667
    2023-24
    $0
    $0
    $1,791,667
    -$1,791,667
    $1,791,667
    2024-25
    $0
    $0
    $1,791,667
    -$1,791,667
    $1,791,667
    2025-26
    $0
    $0
    $1,791,667
    -$1,791,667
    $1,791,667

    An issue with a Clarkson buyout could be the amount of signing bonuses included in his contract, and how they factor in. From earlier this month from birky on Pension Plan Puppets and Tyler Dellow’s two pieces that are here (updated) and here (original).

  4. #4 by Canucks fan at March 27th, 2014

    I can’t think of a time Montreal was ever in a position to risk a great deal of their future for an older player. I really do think they need to break away from all this “lets try and get as many french-Canadian players as possible”. This isn’t the 60′s and 70′s!

  5. #5 by Macht at March 27th, 2014

    As ridiculous as that trade would sound for the Habs now because of how all those players have developed (including McDonagh), at the time they were just prospects and Price was in the midst of a sophomore slump (and about to have a fight for his starter’s job from Halak the next year).

    You really couldn’t have faulted the Canadiens for making that deal at the time for an established star who had scored 92 goals and 200 points in the past 2 seasons.

    And since they would’ve kept Halak if they traded Price, that’s not really a huge loss, and they would avoid making that awful Gomez trade if they had sent McDonagh to T.B (conversely, if the Lightning wanted Subban, they probably keep McDonagh).

  6. #6 by Douglas at March 27th, 2014

    Jim & Mark, thanks for the excellent explanation. I think they’ll give Clarkson one more year to see if he can do something before deciding to absorb such a lengthy period of lost cap space.

  7. #7 by Canucks fan at March 27th, 2014

    Macht I don’t think it has as much to do with fair value as it is the pieces Montreal had in place at the time to make that deal. If you make a deal sending futures for an established player it says you’re ready to compete for the cup. I think they saw a chance to acquire an elite French-Canadian; something they hadn’t seen in a very long time..

  8. #8 by Mark Easson at March 27th, 2014

    If the Leafs were to buyout Clarkson after next season, the buyout cap hit would be slightly higher, though less two years

  9. #9 by Patrick at March 27th, 2014

    @Canucks fan. The Habs finished at the top of the eastern standings in 2008. Which is around when this trade was proposed. They had every reason to believe they could win a cup by risking the future.

  10. #10 by hotwings at March 27th, 2014

    i dont think they will buyout Clarkson. Even though MLS is more flush with cash than most third world countries, it seems that with the recent MLS buyout history that they would abscond from such a decision.

    Also, I think it is reasonable to assume that Nonis also has the opinion which most leaf fans hold, namely that the Leafs are 2-3 years away from being a legitimate, lets say, top 8 team in the league who can legitimately challenge for the cup.

    So, I think they will continue to ride the Clarkson train to nowhere for a few more years, as the leafs are also headed in that direction, sans a few muted playoff appearances along the road.

  11. #11 by Canucks fan at March 28th, 2014

    Maybe they were at the top of the east but I recall after that series Halak stole every game people were saying they got lucky with him; seems like they weren’t as close to the cup as some May think.

  12. #12 by Patrick at March 28th, 2014

    That was 2010. In 2008 they had every reason to believe they could make a big trade and win the cup. In reality they did neither but it’s not as outrageous as you’re making it sound.

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