How do you get rid of a contract?
That’s been the theme this week, something we’ve been looking at 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’ve looked at retirement, completion, and LTIR trends:
We’ve examined buyouts:
Now let’s get to trades — the types of deals that teams can make when they want to unload their big contracts. We’ll also speculate on the kinds of deals that the Sharks can make for Kane, Couture, Burns, Vlasic, and Karlsson.
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