At ESPN Insider, Craig Custance writes that if an amnesty buyout is indeed part of the final CBA agreement, it could change how a lot of teams are constructed now and give other teams some new flexibility.
He writes, “Many of the rosters currently constructed are the result of long-term planning under a system that could soon be obsolete. We don’t know what the cap number is going to be. We don’t even know for sure how salaries will be counted against the cap. ”
In the National Post, Michael Traikos writes that the following players could see themselves get bought out due to their contracts, Dany Heatley, Scott Gomez, Wade Redden, Rick DiPietrto, Sergei Gonchar, Ilya Bryzgalov, Marty Havlat, Vinny Lecavalier and Keith Ballard.
The NHL proposed a “Wade Redden rule” that wouldn’t allow teams to keep players in the minors to take them off the salary cap.
According to Larry Coon, the NBA’s amnesty clause works as follows “One player can be waived prior to the start of any season (only one player can be amnestied during the agreement, and contracts signed under the new CBA are not eligible). The salary of the waived player will not count toward the salary cap or luxury tax. Teams with cap room can submit competing offers to acquire an amnestied player (at a reduced rate) before he hits free agency and can sign with any team.”