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Devils will buyout Trent Hunter, Colin White

Posted on: August 1, 2011 1:16 pm
Edited on: August 1, 2011 2:07 pm
 
HunterBy: Adam Gretz

It appears as if Trent Hunter's stay with the New Jersey Devils will be a short one.

Less than a week after he was acquired in a trade with the New York Islanders in exchange for Brian Rolston, Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record reports that Hunter has been placed on waivers with the intention of being bought out if he clears. Along with Hunter, the Devils also waived long-time defenseman Colin White with the intention of buying him out as well.

By finding a taker for Rolston's contract -- a task that seemed like it would have been impossible -- and swapping him for Hunter the Devils saved a little over $3 million against the salary cap for this season. Hunter is under contract through the end of next season and carried a cap hit of $2 million, while Gulliti reports the buyout will be for $2.6 million and spread over four years (which means it will count about $666,667 per season against the cap). When combined with White's buyout ($1 million per season) the Devils will have saved an additional $3 million in cap space for this season.

When the Rolston trade was finalized last week it was pretty obvious it was a cap-related move for both teams (the Islanders needed to add salary to reach the floor, the Devils needed to cut salary) and was quickly followed by a one-year contract for restricted free agent -- and arbitration eligible -- left winger Zach Parise.

White, 33, was signed through next season and had spent his entire career with the Devils, scoring 20 goals in 743 career games while also earning two Stanley Cup rings. He averaged over 18 minutes of ice-time per game last season (third among Devils defensemen, trailing only Henrik Tallinder and Andy Greene) in 69 games.

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Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: August 2, 2011 8:22 am
 

Devils will buyout Trent Hunter, Colin White

His eye injury sustained several years ago should have been career ending. He was not half the player he was prior to that injury. He was overpaid by Lou @ $3M/per when he signed that deal, yet alone how he played after that injury. In the cap era, on a Devils team that overpays most of it's players, and it consistently up against the cap ceiling, you have to learn where to "cut the fat". And if Colin White has such a "loyal Devil" he would have retired after his injury and not put the team in this situation.



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: August 1, 2011 6:31 pm
 

Devils will buyout Trent Hunter, Colin White

I am going to miss Colin White, sucks to see him go when he has been such a loyal Devil, you don't see that much anymore but I guess business is business and such is life in pro sports today. 


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