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TUCKER BOMBSHELL - JULY 1?

Posted 11:27 PM ET | Comments 8
I had an interesting thought today, and really don't know if it is do-able under the CBA, but would certainly be a bold move...if it were possible.
This is pretty out there. Here's how it would work.
Cliff Fletcher announces this week that Darcy Tucker will be bought out.
Tucker is bought out and gets a nice little sum of $1 million or so a year for a few years. Teams step up and express their interest .
July 1 comes and Fletcher offers Tucker a 1 year deal with Toronto because he feels that Mats won't be back. There's no special clause in this package, just a gentleman's agreement that Tucker won't be traded before February.
Why would the Leafs do this? (if it is even possible), ....
(1) Tucker gets what he wants, and effectively gets a raise.
(2) Toronto now has a tradeable asset for the trade deadline, and if through some miracle they are a competitive team this year, he's there for a play-off run with a chance to show he's still got it.
(3) considering the buy-out bucks, Tucker could be given a very affordable contract to finish out this season and would make him highly sought after at play-off time. (If dealt - the asking price could be higher.)

It was pretty out there when I heard the idea, but the more I think about it, the more it might make sense for all involved. And Fletcher has always been a creative sort of GM....so never say never.
Filed Under:   Tucker   Toronto   Free agent   Sundin   trade  
June 26, 2008 10:07 AM ET | Delete
I could be wrong, but I thought I understood a player bought out of a contract cannot resign with his old team. Anybody know that for sure????
June 26, 2008 10:17 AM ET | Delete
Never.
June 26, 2008 12:44 PM ET | Delete
It's my understanding that the bought out player can not resign with their original team for a year.
June 26, 2008 1:01 PM ET | Delete
i'm a tucker fan, and this ain't happening for so many reasons, cheif being said CBA restriction. Keep dreaming...
June 26, 2008 6:24 PM ET | Delete
Dream on. Tucker will have many teams willing to pay him the 3 per he was getting in Toronto. Why would he want to even come back?
June 26, 2008 10:48 PM ET | Delete
I think that you'll find Tucker is in a position to demand about $4 million a year if he takes a 1 or two year deal, this is a fairly weak year for UFAs.
June 27, 2008 4:06 PM ET | Delete
you're not even allowed to do that you fucking douche.
June 28, 2008 9:10 PM ET | Delete
Looks like you got some nice responses.
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