Here is the deal with Gorges. We all agree that he is at best an overpaid marginal NHL player at this point in his career. So what are our options
1) Keep him on the roster for one more year, pay him his 3.9 and then let him walk next summer. Not a completely terrible option as long as he is not in the top 6, we don't need some extra cap space or the contract space or the roster spot.
2) Send him down to the minors. This would save us 950K in cap, but we'd still be on the hook for the contract and $3.9 mill in actual salary. Could this actually help the Amerks? Did Rivet? This has the added feature of someone claiming him if we try to recall him and opening a roster spot in Buffalo.
3) Buy him out. Cost. 1.3 for the next two seasons. Cap saving this next season 2.6 mill. Cap cost the year after 1.3 Obviously the cap cost the second year could be an issue, but I doubt it. Also it removes the contract from our total, opens a roster spot for hopefully a cheap and better player and saves the organization $1.3 mill in actual $. The real advantage here is the opening of the roster spot and the actual money saved. In theory, this would give Jbot 2.6 mill to spend on a free agent upgrade. Considering that guys like Quincy and Seidenberg can be had for 1.5 this makes a great deal of sense.
4) Pray LV takes Gorges in the expansion draft. What kind of incentive would we have to do to get this done? A 2nd rd pick? A prospect? I'm not willing to waste an asset to get that done and I hope Jbot isn't either.
5) Trade him and retain some salary.
Obviously, the best thing that can happen is LV takes Gorges without an incentive from us. However, I doubt that is going to happen. No. 5 would be a miracle. It would save the roster spot, cap and real $, therefore it's highly unlikely. My least favorite option is No.1. Keeping him in Buffalo is a huge mistake IMHO. I don't mind No. 2 other then I think it's a waste to pay someone $3.9 mill to play in the minors. That leaves buying him out. Y'all may not like this option because you mistakenly feel the $1.3 mill in cap for year 2 will be a problem. Remember that's less then 2% of the cap.