How do you get rid of a contract?
That’s something we began exploring yesterday, because the San Jose Sharks have five contracts seven years or longer: Evander Kane, Logan Couture, Brent Burns, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, and Erik Karlsson’s.
Looking at 65 contracts of similar length, going all the way back to 2005-06, we found five ways that teams cut bait: The players complete the contract on the same team — trade, buyout, retirement, or Long-Term Injured Reserve (LTIR) are other options.
We examined trends in Retirement, Completion, and LTIR yesterday — today, let’s look at buyouts.
Is it realistic for the San Jose Sharks buy out Kane, Couture, Burns, Vlasic, or Karlsson any time soon?
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