A couple of quick notes, more relating to team's salary cap numbers than anything else, but the buyouts are coming and Edmonton struck first, as defenseman Eric Gryba cleared unconditional waivers on Friday, paving the way for his buyout. Once the final paperwork is done, he will count $300,000 against the cap over the next two seasons, instead of the $900,000 he would have cost for the coming season.
Gryba hasn't really been a hockey pool player in his career and last season was a good indication of that, finishing the 2018 season with 2 points in 21 games with the Oilers.
The San Jose Sharks, also in need of some cap space, if they are going to be in on John Tavares here in July, they placed defenseman Paul Martin on waivers on Friday for the purpose of buying out the last year of his deal, which is worth $4.85 million against the cap. Buying out the contract will save the Sharks a bit over $2.8 million this season and I currently have a 20-man projected roster for the Sharks coming in with $17.9 million in cap space, but they'll still need a couple of forwards and a defenseman to fill out that 23-man roster.
In 14 games last season, the 37-year old only had 2 assists, not providing nearly the bang for the buck that anyone would have preferred.