I'm a life long Habs fan and have followed this site for some time now. So I thought I'd give my creative arm chair GM work a try.
With the recent post about trading up in the draft and the even more recent posts giving some examples of potential amnesty candidates, I wondered if it's possible to tie the two together. Every team is allotted two buy outs, but I'm sure there are a number of teams that just simply can't afford to pay players big money not to play.
So I thought this might be a good strategy for Montreal to use there financial advantage to help other teams out and get something out of it too.
I'll put my potential deal down here and would love to know what you think of it and also see if anyone else can come up with some interesting ideas that might be able to marry together trading up in the draft and the amnesty buy out.
My target would be Florida.
MTL sends: Kaberle, Price, DD, Weber and either our 1st round pick or one of our second round picks
FLA sends: Markstrom, Campbell, Their 1st round pick, and the negotiating rights to Weiss
Florida can buy out Kaberle for much cheaper then Campbell, they get a goaltender who could maybe use a change of sceneary, they get DD to make up for Weiss and also get a decent young D-Man in Weber who is still under team control. The Pick we send them can be conditional on whether MTL signs Weiss or not. All the players they get help them now and our already signed or still under team control.
Montreal buys out Campbell. Hopefully can sign Weiss. Get a really good goaltender if not a future great one. Get the second overall pick. And also give themselves some more cap flexibility.
Of course to me it makes perfect sense but I'd love to hear what you think.