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Sports Most likely buyout candidates for each Western Conference team

21:36  11 june  2018
21:36  11 june  2018 Source:   thescore.com

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With teams on the brink of the annual tradition of overpaying in free agency, so too approaches the buyout window, in which some teams will look to rid themselves of past contract blunders. Here's a look at each team 's most likely candidate to be bought out over the next month.

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The NHL's silly season is right around the corner.

With teams on the brink of the annual tradition of overpaying in free agency, so too approaches the buyout window, in which some clubs will look to rid themselves of past contract blunders.

Here's a look at each team's most likely candidate to be bought out over the next month.

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Central Division

Chicago Blackhawks: Brandon Saad

Age2017-18 PointsCap Hit (through)18-19 Buyout Cap Hit
2535$6M (2020-21)$361 111

Blackhawks fans might call for the head of Brent Seabrook, but the fact is he'd still be owed between $3.3 million and $6.8 million to not play for the team. As for Saad, buying him out would allow them to nearly wipe out his entire contract.

Most likely buyout candidates for each Eastern Conference team

  Most likely buyout candidates for each Eastern Conference team Silly season is right around the corner. With teams on the brink of the annual tradition of overpaying in free agency, so too approaches the buyout window, in which some teams will look to rid themselves of past contract blunders.Here's a look at each team's most likely candidate to be bought out over the next month.Metropolitan DivisionCarolina Hurricanes: Scott Darling Age 2017-18 SV% Cap Hit (through) 18-19 Buyout Cap Hit 29 .888 $4.150MWith teams on the brink of the annual tradition of overpaying in free agency, so too approaches the buyout window, in which some teams will look to rid themselves of past contract blunders.

Each team gets two buyouts before the end of the 2013-14 season and the Canadiens and Rangers have used one of theirs. While much will depend on a player's performance in 2013, here's a look at six likely NHL buyout candidates .

We take a look at buyout candidates in the East heading into the summer. The Ottawa Senators have been the most surprising team in hockey the last two seasons, and the team is set up well for a sustained run with This won’t be a popular move, but likely the best decision for GM Steve Yzerman.

For a team strapped for cash it makes the most sense, the question is will Stan Bowman be willing to buy out a player he gave Artemi Panarin up for just one year ago?

Colorado Avalanche: Colin Wilson

Age2017-18 PointsCap Hit (through)18-19 Buyout Cap Hit
2818$3 937 500 (2018-19)$1 270 833

Wilson has not been able to replicate his 2015 success where he potted 20 goals and 42 points with the Nashville Predators. The Avalanche are on the up swing and in order to further progress they might be better off spending their money on someone more reliable.

Dallas Stars: Jason Spezza

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Age2017-18 PointsCap Hit (through)18-19 Buyout Cap Hit

After putting up a respectable 50 points in 2017, Spezza saw his production nearly slashed in half with 26 points in 10 more games. Spezza was made a healthy scratch on several occasions, so things could be done for him in Dallas.

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young, well out of playoff positioning in the stacked Western Conference and don’t have much of a the market for him would be at least 10 teams deep, led by each of the league’s top contenders. Last but not least, we present the least likely buyout candidate : the recently traded Isaiah Thomas.

Four likely buyout candidates Warriors will target in free agency. It was evident from the get-go what he brings to the table, reliable three-point shooting and not much else (both of those Warriors teams were dead last in allowed points per game).

Minnesota Wild: Tyler Ennis

Age2017-18 PointsCap Hit (through)18-19 Buyout Cap Hit
2822$4.6M (2018-19)$2 166 667

Making $4.6 million, Ennis was still made a healthy scratch down the stretch and for four of the Wild's five playoff games. Over the last three seasons he's scored just 16 goals in 147 games. Enough said.

Nashville Predators: Nick Bonino

Age2017-18 PointsCap Hit (through)18-19 Buyout Cap Hit
3025$4.1M (2020-21)$1 177 778

The likelihood of the Predators buying out anyone is low, but if they are to buy out someone, Bonino makes the most sense. Bonino is a third- or fourth-line center making over $4 million and just put up his lowest point total in six years.

St. Louis Blues: Vladimir Sobotka

Age2017-18 PointsCap Hit (through)18-19 Buyout Cap Hit
3031$3.5M (2019-20)$1 083 333

The Blues may have just brought Sobotka back from the KHL, but Doug Armstrong has gone on record saying that he's going to be active in free agency and the trade market in the hopes of bolstering the team's forward core. If that's the case, cap space and roster space up front will be needed and Sobotka makes the most sense to go.

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Minnesota Timberwolves forward Shabazz Muhammad is likely a buyout candidate after the Taylor went on to talk about the changes in the team ’s style affecting Muhammad’s minutes. The good news however is that Minnesota has become a force to be reckoned with in the tough Western Conference .

NBA analyst Grey Papke looks at ten potential buyout candidates . These buyout players are valuable weapons for cap-limited teams in need of more depth. Reports have said he is likely to seek a buyout and receive one from the Jazz.

Winnipeg Jets: Dmitry Kulikov

Age2017-18 PointsCap Hit (through)18-19 Buyout Cap Hit
2711$4 333 333 (2019-20)$1 444 444

Paying over $4 million for a bottom-pairing defenseman just doesn't make sense. With Jacob Trouba, Connor Hellebuyck, and Josh Morrissey among the team's nine pending RFAs, the club could use some extra cash.

Pacific Division

Anaheim Ducks: Corey Perry

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Age2017-18 PointsCap Hit (through)18-19 Buyout Cap Hit
3349$8.625M (2020-21)$4 180 556

Perry's days as a dependable 30-goal scorer appear to be in the rear-view mirror. What's more, he's struggled come playoff time the last couple seasons and at $8.625 million it might be worth turning the page on Perry. His buyout would see him get paid for six years but for four of those he'll be owed just over $2 million.

Arizona Coyotes: Marcus Kruger

Age2017-18 PointsCap Hit (through)18-19 Buyout Cap Hit
286$3 083 333 (2018-19)$1.55M

Kruger doesn't necessarily break the bank for the Coyotes, but with just one goal in 48 games last season with the Carolina Hurricanes (a more skilled team), Arizona might be better off ridding itself of his contract and spending the money elsewhere.

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Buyout Candidates : Central Division - Looking at potential buyout candidates for the Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars and Minnesota Wild. One main incentive to buy them out is to protect other draft-eligible players their respective teams consider more valuable.

The next three weeks should lead to many teams taking advantage of this, so here are the five best buyout candidates who could be available. Johnson was sent to the Kings in the deal, and it was immediately reported that he will seek — and most likely be granted — a buyout .

Calgary Flames: Troy Brouwer

Age2017-18 PointsCap Hit (through)18-19 Buyout Cap Hit
3222$4.5M (2019-20)$1.5M

Brouwer gets paid the fourth-most among Flames forwards, but this past season finished ninth among them with just six goals. A buyout would save the team $3 million this season, which would certainly go a long way.

Edmonton Oilers: Zack Kassian

Age2017-18 PointsCap Hit (through)18-19 Buyout Cap Hit
2719$1.95M (2019-20)$616 667

As is the growing trend among buyout cases, Milan Lucic might seem like the best candidate, but the Oilers would still have to pay him between $3.2 million and $5.7 million for the next five years.

Kassian on the other hand averages the least amount of ice time among all regular forwards and his production reflects that.

Los Angeles Kings: Dion Phaneuf

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Age2017-18 PointsCap Hit (through)18-19 Buyout Cap Hit
3326$5.25M (2020-21)$2 291 667

Phaneuf had a decent stint in L.A. after being acquired from the Ottawa Senators, but for a team that needs to free-up money in an attempt to bolster its offense, Phaneuf might have to serve as a scapegoat.

San Jose Sharks: Paul Martin

Age2017-18 PointsCap Hit (through)18-19 Buyout Cap Hit
372$4.85M (2018-19)$2 016 667

The Athletic's Kevin Kurz reported on Saturday that there is a "strong possibility" that Martin gets bought out. After spending time between the main club and in the AHL last season and the potential to save just shy of $3 million in 2018-19, it certainly makes sense.

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Vancouver Canucks: Ben Hutton

Age2017-18 PointsCap Hit (through)18-19 Buyout Cap Hit
256$2.8M (2018-19)$800K

Loui Eriksson is the contract the team should try to get off the books, but with it so heavily weighted in signing bonuses, it doesn't make sense for the club. Meanwhile, Hutton's production has declined over the last two seasons, and didn't even manage to score a goal this past campaign.

Vegas Golden Knights: Tomas Tatar

Age2017-18 PointsCap Hit (through)18-19 Buyout Cap Hit
2734$5.3M (2020-21)$1 377 778

The Golden Knights paid a ton to acquire Tatar at the deadline, but after under-performing and serving as a healthy scratch mostly during the playoffs, it might be in the team's interest to free-up more cap space to do some big-game hunting in free agency or via trade. Cough ... cough ... Erik Karlsson.

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