|Patrik Elias's No Movement Clause|
Might be the Final Inhibitor to a
Trade Between Toronto and New Jersey
My previous post on how New Jersey Devils must deal with Toronto Maple Leafs if they want to trade one of their bad contracts has garnered a lot of interest where some have viewed the piece with incongruence. I must add, it has been civil and respectful when coming from New Jersey Devils fans.
The team should be proud of its loyal fans. In addition to their devotion, they are also extremely knowledgeable. I remember one participant in a Tom Gilutti chat boards reiterating the relevance of Brian Rolston's contract being a "35+" contract where his salary can not be buried in the minors. Of course, he was so frustrated with having to reiterate his point that he threatened to kill himself if it had to do it one more time. Poor bastard is probably dead by now.
From the blogasphere,
was the strongest contrarian with his piece posted at www.hockeyindependent.com. He asserted: Lyle Richardson
"The easiest and likely best way for the Devils to address their situation is to demote either
Dainius Zubrus or defenseman (sic) Colin White now that will start the season on the long-term injured reserve list." Bryce Salvador
I agree with him. But, not fully. Assigning bad contracts to the minors is the best way of resolving this cap problem. However, given the financial cost, potentially up to $16 mil., it is not the “easiest” way. Also, it can no longer be claimed to be the likeliest thing to happen given it has yet to happen and the NHL season has started.
In all likelihood,
is trying to work out a trade. If this is the case, I continue to assert Lou Lamoriello is the most likely trading partner. Toronto
I cannot see
eating Fingers $3.5 mil just to fill in holes on the third line. I only see it being done to facilitate upgrading their first line. I am not disparaging Toronto Dainius Zubrus, Brian Rolston, and . They are "win now" players signed to "win now" contracts. They are final pieces you add to your team after you have your first line established. Good veterans who are over 30 years old playing on your third line at a premium salary. Jamie Langenbrunner
to waive Toronto Jeff Finger, it has to be for a deal involving either Travis Zajac ($3.877 mil), Patrik Elias ($6 mil), or ($3.125 mil). You will first have to kill Lamoriello to get Zach Parise . If you don’t, New Jersey Devils fans will. So, $3.5 mil in cap space will not be enough to get a deal done. This takes us to the next tool in Zach Parise 's possession. Toronto
has many of them. They total $5.12 by my calculation, which is over the $4.455 max, allowed for deferral to next year. Moving first line centre Tyler Bozak ($875k salary - $2.85 mil bonus) will free up $1.515 mil in cap space for the Leafs plus allow Leafs to use $680k held in reserve for bringing up third goalie Jussi Rynnas (bonus laden contract). This makes available an extra $2.195 mil in cap available to a total of $5.695 mil. Toronto
Enough space to take
Travis Zajac and close to . I imagine, this is the nucleus of the trade ideas coming from Patrik Elias . “Let’s start with Brian Burke Bozak for Zajac or Tyler Elias as the foundation for our trade.”
This alone, will be unacceptable for
. To paraphrase Lyle Richardson, New Jersey will not trade one of their best players for a lesser player to resolve their cap situation. I will add my own assertion, New Jersey cannot expect to trade one of their good veteran players for a player of equal skill who is younger and paid a half to a third of the salary plus have Toronto eat Jeff Finger’s contract to make space. Lou Lamoriello
So, the nucleus of any deal probably will be
Tyler Bozak and Tomas Kaberle to for New Jersey Travis Zajac and Brian Rolston or and Dainius Zubrus/Jamie Langenbrunner. Plug it into capgeek and you will see there is room to sign Patrik Elias (up to $950k to $1 mil) and add another forward such as Tedenby or two forwards at the minimum $500k. Adam Mair
Please understand. I don't know what will happen. I am just a hockey fan speculating on the situation. However, I do believe my speculation has some merit.
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fans. If this happened two years later, New Jersey would have more options to address the problem because he has plethora of good young prospects. Some of them, Lou Lamoriello Nick Palmieri and , I have seen play in Ontario Hockey League games. Adam Henrique