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Compliance Buyouts

Do the Stars use one or both of their remaining compliance buyouts this summer? Remember, this is the last year the compliance buyouts can be used (compliance buyouts are not counted towards the cap). Below are the candidates:

Sergei Gonchar - 1 yr remaining - $5.0 million cap hit - $5.0 million salary
Erik Cole - 1 yr remaining - $4.5 million cap hit - $4.0 million salary
Shawn Horcoff - 1 yr remaining - $5.5 million cap hit - $3.0 million salary
Aaron Rome - 1 yr remaining, $1.5 million cap hit, $1.6 million salary
Rich Peverley - 1 yr remaining, $3.25 million cap hit, $3.375 million salary
Alex Goligoski - 2 yrs remaining, $4.6 million cap hit/yr, $4.8 million salary/yr
Trevor Daley - 3 yrs remaining, $3.3 million cap hit/yr, salary varies from $3.25 to $2.7 million/yr
Kari Lehtonen - 4 yrs remaining - $5.9 million cap hit/yr - salary varies from $6.25 to $5.0 million/yr

I don't think there is any way that the Stars part with any of the last 4 players on this list (who knows if Pevs will return at all--if he does, I think he's definitely worth his salary and cap hit). Horcoff was solid in the playoffs but is he really worth the $5.5 million cap hit? Rome's salary isn't ridiculous but he is basically just occupying a spot with very little production. But, for me, if I'm picking two compliance buyout candidates, the no-brainers are Gonchar and Cole. How many games was Cole scratched in the playoffs? And I don't think I'm too far off by saying that Gonchar was, by far, our worst defenseman in any of the 6 games. $5 million just seems a lot to pay for a security blanket for Val. I think Nill could do a lot more with that $9.5 million in cap space.

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