This coming Friday, the NHL’s buyout window opens and it will go on through Oct. 8. According to James Mirtle of The Athletic, who put together a list of the NHL’s top 22 buyout candidates, it could be the league’s busiest buyout period of all-time.
Here is what Mirtle has to say about Abdelkader.
10. Justin Abdelkader, Detroit
Abdelkader had no goals and three points in 49 games last season while getting decent depth minutes. The Red Wings may be rebuilding and, as such, may not put a premium on having extra cap space right away, but surely there has to be a better use for these extra dollars they could free up than having him on the ice. Maybe they can take on some other bad contracts in exchange for getting assets? That would make sense. Unlike this deal.
Existing cap hit: $4.25 million for the next three years
Buyout cap hit: $1.81 million next season, $2.31 million the following two years and $1.06 million the subsequent three years
Nation, if you were Steve Yzerman, what would you do with Justin Abdelkader?