Like the Wings blog said, Yzerman doesn't have to do anything but wait. Even when Mantha and Bertuzzi get signed he'll have close to 10Mil in cap space. As the season gets closer, he'll have GMs calling with picks and prospects to shed their salary. The longer he waits, the better return he'll get.
It makes sense taking 1 year cap dumps. 2-4 years? I'd stay away. Maybe Yzerman is staying away. It'll be interesting to see how Brisebois gets Tampa out of Cap hell. There's not many teams with the Cap space to take on bad contracts. And teams like Ottawa certainly don't want to spend to the Cap ceiling.
I think Brisebois miscalculated. This is pure speculation on my part. But I believe Brisebois thought for sure that TJ would be claimed on waivers. He wasn't. And now he's scrambling to find another way to dump salary. He has to pretend he's not desperate but every GM knows he is. It's all about leverage. Who has it? And who doesn't?
You're right. Yzerman doesn't have to do anything. He's in the early stages of a rebuild. Brisebois HAS to do something or else his team can't play any games next season. Well not with his 3 unsigned RFAs anyway. All he has to do is find 1 GM to help him out. I don't know which GM that is.