Nightmarish contract scenarios are the bane of any general manager's existence.
Nobody can read the future. Not even the best scouts. When the Montreal Canadiens traded with the New York Rangers for Scott Gomez and his seven-year, $51.5 million contract, they thought they were getting a productive center who could see the ice well, distribute the puck to his teammates and score timely goals.
Instead, they got one of the biggest busts in NHL history.
The Rangers had their own albatross. They were saddled with Wade Redden, a defenseman who could not contribute much and was demoted to the minor leagues.
The new Collective Bargaining Agreement gave the Canadiens and Rangers a chance to buy out these disappointing players.
The reduced $64.3 million salary cap (source: SI.com) that will take effect in 2013-13 means that other players are likely to be bought out as well. Here's a look at seven players who are playing their way into buy-out situations.
(All salary information is from CapGeek.com.)