What do you do as an NHL team looking to get rid of bad deals to avoid getting hit with penalties for buying them out? You bury it in the desert.
The Arizona Coyotes are infamous for making deals to take on big money deals, with little money left on them.
They get the reward of hitting the cap floor while paying well below it. Here is the list; Chris Pronger, Pavel Datsyuk, Dave Bolland and now Marian Hossa.
The Vegas Golden Knights also buried a contact in the desert by taking on David Clarkson’s deal.
As much as these deals were circumventing the cap and got quashed in the last round of bargaining, aren’t the Arizona Coyotes also circumventing the cap floor by taking on these useless contracts with the player having no intention to play just to hit the cap floor?
They are telling their fan base, we are poor and we won’t pay and we likely won’t win.
Pronger’s was so ridiculous that he entered the Hockey Hall of Fame before his contract was off the books.
But Gary Bettman likely thinks this is a good thing for the tough luck Coyotes. He’d rather take on the big spenders and let his worst franchise just do what they do to make ends meet.