Buyouts? New deals? Which way do teams lean during free agency?

Updated: June 21, 2007, 5:51 PM ET
By Terry Frei | Special to ESPN.com

Questions, questions. Whom do you buy out? Whom do you re-sign? Then whom do you pursue? And all at what cost?

(In hockey, where it's always been appropriate to ask, "Who owns the Chiefs?" We also now can add this: "Who owns the Predators, and where will they be in 2008-09?") When the buyout window recently opened, the Islanders made the difficult, but unavoidable and wise, decision to buy out the final four seasons on Alexei Yashin's 10-year deal, meaning he most likely will ...

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