Morning Free Association: Potential Buyouts

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Surprise! It’s buyout season!

With the league year wrapping up within the next two weeks, the league has allowed a buyout period from today until Thursday October 8th, the day before the start of free agency. This could be a very important time for cap-strapped teams that need to shed some salary to get under the $81.5 million ceiling. The Boston Bruins could be one of these teams, according to Conor Ryan of the Boston Sports Journal.

Yes, I know that’s behind a paywall, so let me sum up what he said. Basically, the Bruins could buyout John Moore or Nick Ritchie. There is a benefit to dealing away both or either but also a downside as well for each.

John Moore has just completed the second year of his 5 year, $13.75 million contract. While he was primarily looked at as being part of the 6 or 7 top defensemen in the system, he has since fallen down the depth chart with both Connor Clifton and Jeremy Lauzon making cases for themselves to remain on the roster. The Moore signing was puzzling from the beginning in that his term was so long. Personally, I believe that he was signed to become a defenseman for Seattle so that the Bruins wouldn’t have to part with their more valuable prospects and drafted players. However, it really doesn’t benefit the Bruins to keep him around that long as they’re only protecting 3 D for the expansion draft and John Moore will still $2.75 million sunk during this upcoming season. Ideally, Don Sweeney will unload John Moore on a team that needs defensemen (Ryan suggested the Winnipeg Jets) but he’ll likely have to pair up Moore with a pick or so to make that happen. If he can’t or won’t do that, Moore could be bought out. This is what it would look like. The cap savings in 2020-21 would be $1,444,444.

Nick Ritchie is a different situation. Since he is only 24, only 1/3 of his remaining salary has to be paid out over twice the remaining term of his contract. Somehow his buyout would cost nothing against the cap in 2020-21 and only $333,333 in 2021-22. However, since he was traded for Danton Heinen, giving up on Ritchie this early with nothing to show for losing Heinen is a very bad look. We know that Bruins fans have a hard time letting go of bad return for traded players (see, Seguin, Tyler).

Obviously, trading players is the better way to go. However, neither of these players has done themselves any favors at improving their value, so we’ll have to see what will happen.

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Oh I remember that from when I was a kid! I went to the toy shop and bought a tub of green slime afterwards!

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I remember that one! Fun, even if I think it could have used more screen time for the titular monster.
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Hi folks,

Ugh – I’m haemorrhaging cash at the moment. As well as getting our carpets professionally cleaned to get rid of the clothes-eating bugs, we also need to sort out the damp-proofing of our front wall. And today we found out we need a new boiler!

It’s lucky we’ve spent virtually no money for the last six months! Not quite having to eat out of the trash yet but we could do without anymore financial hits for a while!

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Ack! When it rains, it pours. Fingers crossed for nothing else!

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I feel you with the damp-proofing. Our house was built before home-wrap was standard practice, so the builder tacked thick polyurethene sheets on the inside of the frame, under the interior wallboards. Electricity was installed in stages, with many fixtures being added after the walls went up, and therefore on the *outside* of the moisture barrier. And the windows were not installed with waterproofing in mind. Now our siding is spongy on at least one wall and water leaks into the walls during rainstorms. Two of our external electrical circuits are unreliable. I’ve had to reinstall 3 windows to cut down on the leaking.
And the way to fix it permanently is to rebuild all of the exterior walls to install home-wrap & new siding, replace both broken electrical circuits, and get rid of the existing moisture barrier – which I don’t think can be done without replacing the wallboards (and I want no part of that!)

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Yup. Ours was built in the 1890s with damp-proofing in mind, but it would’ve been mighty drafty in that time! Several “Improvements” have been made over the years, which have fixed the draft but made it much more vulnerable to damp. In fact the damp is showing through halfway up the wall because the lower half has been damp-proofed at some point in the past.

When we moved in six years ago the first thing we had to do was modernise all the wiring. That was an unexpected £4,000 outlay!

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Like Sis said…. sorry , Pal. These things always seem to come in threes, so that has to be the last of it!!

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Hey All!
Good info. Thanks, GH. John Moore…. I always thought he was insurance against a terrible injury epidemic like the D suffered some years ago… I like him, but expendable. I really feel Heinen never lived up to his potential, so letting Ritchie go.. who cares. I would like to see a veteran Dman and a scorer added.
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Moore’s been fairly good at jumping into the line up when required and doing an ok job, but he’s not done much to claim a regular place and that’s a bit expensive for a player like that.

Agree re Ritchie. Always an element of risk trading/signing a player. Not every gamble is going to pay off. Get rid. Put it down to experience.

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Yeah, Moore has been the ideal 7th-D. Will play both sides, not too bad after being off the gameday roster for weeks, but that contract isn’t in proportion to the value he brings because of his limited minutes.

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Yeah, I think the Bruins will be fine without a Ritchie.

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I’ll trade you two Ritchies and a Jimmy Hayes for that other Hayes

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Anonymous go fish!