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).This is one of the scenarios I expected.
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.
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.