Rangers Waive Brashear, Voros and Rissmiller, Buyouts Possible

The Rangers make their first moves at the end of the buyout period.

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Rangers Waive Trio, Buyouts Imminent?

As per the tweets of Bob McKenzie:

TSNBobMcKenzie Today’s waivers: Oystrick (ANA), Moreau, Nilsson, O’Sullivan (EDM), Fedoruk (TB), Brashear, Rissmiller, Voros (NYR). All buyout eligible.

So the Rangers buyout rumors finally bear some fruit. Although it isn’t Wade Redden—and why would they since it appears they will probably just send him down—it is a trio of players whose services are no longer needed.

Donald Brashear: No surprise here. When Brashear was signed Rangers nation went into an upheaval. They were angry because they thought that Brashear’s 1.4 million dollar salary was too steep, that he was not the enforcer that he used to be and that he would not be effective as a Ranger. Well Ranger fans were right on all three. Brashear had basically no quality fights, and seemed to be injured for a week after every fight. Good riddance to see him gone, the Rangers don’t need him. Now the only question will be if he is bought out or if they leave him in the AHL.

Aaron Voros: Voros started his Ranger career like a man on fire, scoring 8 goals in 12 games. That fire died quickly tough, and he basically turned into a never-used enforcer. After a horrible performance last season—despite some quality opportunities to prove himself by John Tortorella—it was widely speculated that he would be waived this off season. And he was. Since he is in the final year of his contract he may also be bought out, otherwise he will spend his remaining year in Hartford.

Patrick Rissmiller: When he first signed here two years ago he only played in a few games. He didn’t play in any games last season, and he won’t be needed on the Rangers this year either. He is also in the final year of his contract, and may also be bought out.

Again no real surprises. But if any do arise, make sure to keep it here and at Blueshirt Banter for all of your Rangers need.


New Jersey Devils Don’t Appear To Have Any Likely Buyout Candidates

I was also able to talk to the Devils expert on SBNation John Fischer from In Lou We Trust. Here is what he had to say about the Devils' potential buyout options:

It doesn’t appear that any Devils will be bought out. Jay Pandolfo was a possibility since he declined so sharply in the last 2 seasons and his current deal ends in 2011.

But since he decided to wait until after the season to get surgery, he’s now “injured” and so can’t be bought out this summer.

I didn’t expect the Devils to be majorly involved, or involved at all really, in the buyout process. While Lou Lamoriello has had a rough couple of months, generally he doesn’t make mistakes that require drastic moves like buyouts.

Regardless, we will keep you up to date if the Devils do, in fact, decide to go through with this option.


Is Brendan Witt A Candidate To Be Bought Out?

Just talked to the SBNation New York Islanders expert Dominik.

Dominik, from Light House Hockey, had this to say about the buyout options the Islanders may be looking into:

No buyout candidates on the Islanders NHL roster, but Brendan Witt could be a candidate after he was waived and demoted to Bridgeport last year. His cap hit is $3 million but he’s due $2.5 million for the 2010-11, the last year of his deal. Everyone in the organization still loves him, but his mobility just doesn’t measure up anymore (and hasn’t for two seasons).

They might want him to play a veteran role down in Bridgeport again — or they might give him another crack in training camp since injuries slowed him down. Tough to tell. No hints from the organization yet.

Just my own two cents here, but Witt’s NHL playing days are probably over. I will be the first to tell you that Witt used to be a formidable, and very useful defenseman for the Islanders; but his age has really started to catch up to him.

But you can never underestimate the value of having a veteran player in the minors. And Witt can certainly provide some very valuable experience and lessons to potential future Islanders.

So it will be interesting to see what happens here, and we will obviously keep you updated as the situation begins to shape itself out.


NHL Buyout Period Began June 15th, Who Will Get Cut?

The two-week NHL buyout period began on June 15, and it began with much speculation circulating around the New York Rangers as to some of the big names on their roster. The three main targets seem to be Wade Redden, Michal Rozsival and Aaron Voros; but they are not the only ones who are under the spotlight.

From a Rangers perspective, buying out Redden seems to be unlikely since the buyout punishment would hurt the Rangers long term. Let's take a peek at what Dave from Blueshirt Banter has to say about this:

With the Rangers in dire salary cap straits, the need to alleviate pressure on the cap grows everyday. The biggest cry amongst fans has been to buyout Wade Redden, who's $6.5 million cap hit for the next four seasons is, to put it mildly, atrocious. The thought of buying out Redden is appealing, until you see what it would cost to buy him out. Per CapGeek, it is pricey, and lengthy:

Season Salary Buyout Savings Buyout Cap Hit
2010-2011 $6,500,000 $1,916,667 $4,583,333 $1,916,667
2011-2012 $6,500,000 $1,916,667 $4,583,333 $1,916,667
2012-2013 $6,500,000 $1,916,667 $3,083,333 $3,416,667
2013-2014 $6,500,000 $1,916,667 $3,083,333 $3,416,667
2014-2015 $0 $1,916,667 $-1,916,667 $1,916,667
2015-2016 $0 $1,916,667 $-1,916,667 $1,916,667
2016-2017 $0 $1,916,667 $-1,916,667 $1,916,667
2017-2018 $0 $1,916,667 $-1,916,667 $1,916,667


We will also keep you up to date on the Islanders and Devils buyout moves, but don't expect many of those.

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