Gaborik is completely trade-able sans NTC, so I definitely don't get how a buy-out would ever come into consideration. He was pretty great back in the 03 playoffs but thats the last time I remember him really stepping up in big games. He basically put up 17 points in 2 series (they got shutout 3 times against the Ducks).
The thing that looks good for you guys right now is that you have 15 mil in Cap space (currently), and almost all your core players signed. Ya'll really don't have much to worry about UFA-wise next year either. It's stupid to want to ship off Gaborik imo - the Rangers still needed that missing piece these playoffs.
He is tradeable, but at $7.5MM per for the next two years, that is a lot of money to try to move. Straight-up for Nash won't happen unless Nash tells Columbus he will absolutely not play for them this year. Capgeek is blocked at work, or I would try to check out some teams that are near the bottom and could use a big name to possibly boost interest. For the mistakes Sather has made with UFA's, he has done well with trades the past few years so we will have to see.
The cap space is nice, but you also have to look long-term. McDonagh only has a year left on his deal, Lundqvist, Kreider, Staal, Callahan have 2 years left. These are guys who are going to be looking to get paid. Plus, with the new CBA rumors are the owners want to lower the percentage that goes to the players. So, if the cap is lowered, will that also come with a rollback of salaries? Going to be a strange summer considering the CBA doesnt expire til 9/15. Some teams are going to be cautious about who they sign and the amounts out of fear of what the new CBA brings.
Of course, that NTC is a problem.
Buying out Gaborik, amnesty or otherwise, would be really dumb. His contract isn't great, but it beats Rick Nash's or whatever Zach Parise's would be.
If he can't produce in the play-offs, he is just a detriment.
Edited by Matteau#32, 30 May 2012 - 01:19 PM.