And that's why Kenny will use those two amnesty buyouts. I think they'll be Sammy & Cola which frees up $5.5m. Doubt it would be Q instead of Cola but that would be $6.775m that way.
I really don't know what's going to happen but if we have to use the amenesty buyouts on two guys just acquired last offseason...Yikes. The purpose of the amnesty buyouts (and, IMO, their best use) is to get out from underneath some of these killer long-term deals that looked like a good idea under the 2005 CBA, but now appear like long-term burdens. The one guy that really strikes me as an amnesty candidate is Mule. On the one hand, his contract is a backdiver, such that his cap hit isn't horrible. On the other hand, he's hurt a lot, and he's kind drifted into that Dany Heatley role of the guy who can maybe score 20 goals for you, but really can't be depended on as a top-line scorer. And we have a LONG way left to go on that deal (2020). His cap hit, while not gigantic, is still considerably higher than Coliacovo or Sammy, and will bruden us for much longer.