A lot of the bad contracts moved have been LTIR contracts though, which are clearly not the same as $4.75m that actually counts against the cap AND needs to be paid in full by a club rather than by insurance. Marleau is a good comparison. Just like Anderson he could feasibly be a positive asset on the ice, but his cap hit was/ terrible. Admittedly Toronto were up against the cap so they didn't have much of a bargaining position, but it did cost a 1st round pick to move his $6m 1 year salary. Neal and Lucic are another couple of examples of players who aren't LTIR and who's AAV still count against the cap. The cost to get rid of them was acquiring another bad contract. Granted, Ottawa aren't in pressing need to move their starting goalie (even if he's backup quality), but if they did want to move him to drop the $4.75m salary I could see it costing a 3rd, particularly given that there aren't many teams who need a backup or No.3 goalie AND who have the capspace to take him.