Thursday, July 27, 2006

Mogilny, Malakhov are in the mix

All eyes have been on Lou Lamoriello and the New Jersey Devils this summer, as hockey pundits debate just what the crafty GM has up his sleeve to get his bulky payroll under the magic $44-million figure.

In today’s Star-Ledger, we finally get some hints:
That drops the Devils current cap figure to the $44 million limit, of which $7.1 million is due to Malakhov ($3.6 million) and Alexander Mogilny ($3.5 million).

A few months ago, neither player figured in the Devils' plans for 2006-07, since Mogilny was demoted to the minors last season and Malakhov left the club in December and was considered retired. But that has changed.

Lamoriello said he expects Mogilny to compete for a job in training camp and he has apparently talked Malakhov into coming back and reporting to training camp.
This is one of the scenarios I expected.

The magic question here, however, is: What makes them better than last time around? Considering these two were both dumped out of the mix early on last season, you have to wonder how much they’re capable of contributing.

Maybe, just maybe, if Lamoriello can show the two are game ready and can be had cheap, he might be able to deal Mogilny or Malakhov to a team desperate for their services.

Lou’s going to have to be a lot more than just crafty to pull that one off, however.


At 10:45 p.m., July 27, 2006, Anonymous pete said...

Malakhov was clearly a liability, but Almo, at least deserved to be in the NHL last season.

IIRC he was clsoe to the team lead in points when he was demoted -- purely for financial reasons.

At 9:34 a.m., July 28, 2006, Blogger Chris said...

I'm sensing some mysterious season-ending injuries for both of them somewhere around October 3rd.

At 9:37 a.m., July 28, 2006, Blogger Black Dog Hates Skunks said...

Actually he was demoted at least partially for cracking wise in practice a lot - as in - "these practices are stupid" "this team is shit"

That sort of stuff.

I'm serious. This has a lot to do with. He's always spoken his mind and he did not endear himself to Devils' brass with what he had to say.

doesn't matter if they get injured at TC - Lou has to cut at least 4 or 5 M in salary before then - he is already at the maximum offseason cap and still has to sign Gionta, Martin and some filler I think


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