Next Season poses some difficult choices to be made in Nuck land and I blame Gillis for this monumental blunder. In the cap world he signed Luongo to that albatross of a contract that he tries to say is equatable or an asset, in what parallel universe?
Not only will they have to just let Luongo go they may have to take a bad contract back with fewer years but they will have to do a compliance buyout of some sort for this psuedo asset. Let me explain The Nucks are almost at the cap ceiling now for next year with 12 players still to be signed their goalies and the Sedins make up for 35% of the entire payroll of the Nucks in 2014. So either you move a whole bunch of your core players who make up more than half your cap or you move the Sedins and Luongo for draft picks and futures at best.
What a debacle good young players could have been acquired this year for some of there expensive pieces and a solid backup could have been acquired for Luongo ensuring a continuance of success. Now the Nucks are poised to get nothing for Luongo 2 compliance buyouts and 1 more that'll be a cap hit and that probably wont be enough to be under the cap with their current unsigned players. Remember as they stand now they are at over 60 million for next year and have 5 million to spend on 12 players who have to get paid under the League minimum to make the math work. So Nuck fans your in for a very rough ride come draft day a lot of pieces are going to be on a fire sale.
The Leafs who are going to be very close to the cap next year with Kadri and Bozak eating up the 10 million they'll have to play with as such they won't have room as they did this year to acquire Luongo in other words now it's going to be the Nucks acquiring Grabovski's contract which has less of a cost for buyout than Luongo's but it'll save the Nucks over 10 million on a buyout in other words Luongo for nothing. Secondly up to 5 roster players who make around 4 million will have to be moved for draft picks and at least two bad contracts with less of an annual hit and/or less punitive buyout.