by Tyler Difley

Why Rick DiPietro is being paid anything at this point is a mystery to me

canada.com

The Montreal Canadiens did a smart thing with forward Scott Gomez for the first time since trading for him in 2009: they told him to go home. The reason? If he gets hurt this year, the Habs wouldn’t be able to buy him out next year and be rid of his contract headache, under terms of the new collective bargaining agreement.

Now that the new CBA is in place and the salary cap will go lower over the next few seasons, some teams have to look at paring down their own bloated rosters in an effort to get relief from the salary cap. Players can be bought out starting June 2013. Here is a link that explains the complicated formula, which differs in terms of players ages.

Here are the most likely candidates (all numbers courtesy Gapgeek.com):

Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov

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