|The no trade clause in|
Jamie Langenbrunner's contract
can Trigger a Block Buster Trade
between New Jersey Devils
and Toronto Maple Leafs
Johan Hedberg (age 37 with $1.5 mil cap hit for one year).
Brian Burke will most likely talk trade with Lamoriello where he asks Lou to take a Leaf roster player back when sending Zubrus and Langenbrunner to the Leafs. I can see Burke offering Mikhail Grabovski and Lamoriello wanting Tomas Kaberle who has a $4.25 mil cap hit. This makes things more complicated because in order for New Jersey to get someone who interests them such as Kaberle, the trade has to get bigger. This is where Brian Burke excels. Find an NHL manager who has painted himself in a corner, and then negotiate a trade until it becomes a block buster.
In the end, New Jersey fixes their cap problem for this year and next so they have cap space to resign Zach Parise. In addition, they add a top level quarterback defenceman to their power play. Getting smaller players is their downside.
For Toronto, they get bonafide first line centre for Phil Kessel and a bigger more skilled third line. Getting older players with big contracts which can cause cap problems one to two years later is their downside.
Perhaps these downsides cause additional prospects and draft picks to exchange hands. But, haven't we done enough speculation? Also, I see Toronto adding top picks/prospect if the deal involves Travis Zajac instead of Patrik Elias.
All this may happen just because Jamie Langenbrunner has a no trade clause in his contract.
Post Script. Some of this blog post was inspired by Ecklund's post on hockeybuzz.com.