Getting Donald Brashear’s $1.4 Million Contract Off the Books

June 20th, 2010 by Broadway Hockey Daily Leave a reply »
As if Ranger fans needed another reason to hate Donald Brashear, Glen Sather and the Rangers gave them another one last season when they signed Brashear to a two-year $2.8 million contract.

Not even midway through the season last year the Rangers realized this was a mistake and demoted him to the Hartford Wolf Pack. Unfortunately his contract still counts against the cap as at 38-years-old Brashear is over 35 so his contract still hits the cap even in the AHL.

For a team struggling to find cap space, his $1.4 million hit in the 2010-11 season could make a big difference. Larry Brooks of the NY Post has actually come up with a reasonable way to get rid of Brashear’s salary:

"Look, the only conceivable way Sather will be able to move Brashear is by taking back a bad contract of greater value from a low-revenue team hovering around the cap floor. The Rangers could then bury that contract in the AHL, if necessary, while gaining $1.4 million in critical cap space.

"The acquiring team, which would suffer no harm from carrying that cap charge through the season, could then buy out the final year of Brashear’s contract for $8 ...

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