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NHL Insider reveals shocking buy-out is still a major possibility


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Tom Banks
June 16, 2024  (8:05 PM)
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Pierre-Luc Dubois of the Los Angeles Kings.
Photo credit: Sportsnet

The Los Angeles Kings paid a fortune to land Pierre-Luc Dubois a year ago, but now it appears they haven't closed the book on a potential buy-out yet.

Last summer, the LA Kings paid a ransom to land Pierre-Luc Dubois from the Winnipeg Jets, but after a disastrous season, they've reportedly looked into getting rid of the veteran. While a buy-out has been suggested, GM Rob Blake has stood firm with the idea that they won't be going forward with that.
Rob Blake confirms there is no interest in a buy-out for Pierre-Luc Dubois.
Despite the insistence that a buy-out isn't on the horizon, NHL Insider Frank Seravalli is reporting the opposite, revealing that it's a major possibility, and could happen within the next 10 days.
Yes, we heard GM Rob Blake say at locker cleanout day that the Kings were not planning on buying out Dubois. But this makes too much sense.

Due to the NHL's CBA, the Kings would be on the hook for just 1/3 of PLD's salary if he was bought out while being 25 years of age or under, but if they wait until after that, they would be on the hook for 2/3 of the salary. With his 26th birthday coming up on the 24th of June, the clock is ticking for a move from the Kings, and while there's been no hint of a move coming, Seravalli remains confident that is could happen.
If the Kings were to move Dubois, this is what they would be on the hook for, rather than the full $68 million that he signed for last summer;
2024-25$1,630,952
2025-26$1,530,952
2026-27$2,530,952
2027-28$3,780,952
2028-29$3,800,952
2029-30$3,820,952
2030-31$2,820,952
2031-32$1,130,952
2032-33$1,130,952
2033-34$1,130,952
2034-35$1,130,952
2035-36$1,130,952
2036-37$1,130,952
2037-38$1,130,952

Ultimately, if it's going to happen, it must be in the next week, but if not, look for the Kings to try and get him going to save some of the value in the huge contract he signed that now runs through the 2031 season.

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