Defence21 wrote:If Shero and his support team feel there are some quality players to be had, I could see a minor leaguer or a depth NHL'er bought out for the sake of opening up a contract. Maybe a Ben Lovejoy or Tyler Kennedy, for example. I'm not saying either is a terrible player or either has a bad contract -- but if Shero perceives a situation where better players could be available, this might not be the worst of ideas, allowing for a free agency addition or two post-buyout period.
everyone that fits into your scenario is a free agent after this season anyways, though
I didn't look at contract lengths, to be honest, but I don't think that really matters. I'm not sure of the exact numbers, but I recall a conversation recently on LGP about the Penguins being one or two players away from the maximum number of contracts. If that's the case, that leaves little room for trade deadline acquisitions and/or free agent signings after other teams announce thier buyouts. So, if Shero and company feel they can improve the team now AND at the trade deadline on the cheap, they might be willing to buy out a player with limited salary and little time left on the contract.
Put it this way. Buying out Martin means losing a 2nd top-four defenseman before this season without replacing them. Maybe there is a replacement who gets bought out by another team and signed by Pittsburgh -- but that's a really risky move. On the other hand, maybe Shero predicts a decent forward will be bought out and available on the cheap. Shedding a contract might make it more reasonable and justifiable.