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Predators reportedly buy out defenseman Lebda

Posted on: August 10, 2011 1:35 pm

By Brian Stubits

The Nashville Predators won't be stuck with Brett Lebda and his contract for next season after all.

The Predators bought out the final year of the defenseman's contract, according to Josh Cooper of the Tennesseean. Lebda was going to make $1.4 million next season, the completion of the two-year, $2.9 million deal he inked with the Maple Leafs.

Lebda was acquired by the Predators in a trade that sent Cody Franson and Matthew Lombardi to Toronto, a trade so one-sided that it was immediately clear what Nashville was up to. The writing had been on the wall that it was a salary dump situation and that Lebda wasn't really wanted. He was placed on waivers and cleared, leaving Nashville with two options: keeping him in the organization or buying him out.

Now he's a free agent, looking for a team. Considering he got through waivers -- and the fact that he was genuinely bad last season for the Leafs -- it might be hard for him to find a new gig. But he is still on the right side of 30 (for another few months, at least) so he could intrigue some team at a much lower contract level.

It's no coincidence Lebda enjoyed his best seasons early in his career with the Red Wings when he played with Chris Chelios. But his numbers have gone down, to the point where he played only 41 games last season with the Leafs, posting a minus-14. Rough.

It will be interesting to see if he'll get another chance in the NHL to wipe away the stench of his Toronto tenure.

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Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: August 10, 2011 6:16 pm

Predators reportedly buy out defenseman Lebda

It's crazy that Poile thinks he has enough talent and depth at the blueline to let him walk with a buyout.   Maybe the prognosis for Bouillon has improved.   Nothing special about Lebda, but still surprised in these circumstances that they wanted to buy him out.

Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: August 10, 2011 3:43 pm

Predators reportedly buy out defenseman Lebda

Ah. I think Lebda is servicable. He's fast, and has his moments. I think he could be a 5th or 6th defenseman for a lot of teams.

Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: August 10, 2011 3:00 pm

Predators reportedly buy out defenseman Lebda

I hate to dog on not only an american born player but a Notre Dame guy and former Wing - but he flat out was in over his head in the NHL, and to be quite honest he sucked. be glad you got a ring and hung around long enough with a great team (along with being paired with one of the best Dmen ever in Chelly)to get a contract that will set you and your family up for life. you overachieved something fierce

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