Justin Abdelkader was bought out today. Goodbye and good riddance.
He was a career underacheiver who for a couple of years out of desperation was moved to the Datsyuk line and scored 23 and then 19 goals. In one of Holland's most boneheaded blunders, he signed Abby to a seven year, repeat SEVEN YEAR 29.5 million dollar deal. The remaining thee years of the deal will be prorated and split up for th next six seasons, the cap hit that will keep on giving.
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Yea, that salary of his will definitely haunt the Red Wings for the foreseeable future, but I agree it was a move that needed to be made if the Wings are to be transformed into a high level, high skill, competitive team.
On the flip side, if Abdelkader is not "done" in hockey, and be willing to play for a sub 1M AAV contract (considering the Wings will still be paying him, not out of the question for him to accept a relatively low contract offer), he'd probably make a very fine 4th liner for
In the last few months since the season ended, Yzerman has either bought out or told they wont be offered a new deal to:
Plus last year at the deadline we moved out the ghost of Mike Green. Dead weight all,-, time to move on.