Devils swap dead weight for Korolyuk
I'm a little tied up with what Chris Young fondly calls the petroleum-based product at the moment, but I can't pass up a chance to offer, however brief, some comments on the New Jersey Devils/San Jose Sharks deal tonight.
Now, we've seen all kinds of silliness under this new CBA, including a player retiring to become a GM and then still having to deal with his own salary under the cap, but what we haven't seen was a trade involving two players who have no intention of playing this season. Vladimir Malakhov has said his knees have reached the point of no return, and Alex Korolyuk is just as pleased as punch to be in Russia.
One's retired, the other's in Siberia.
So, discounting the players in the deal who could, essentially, just represent their allotments under the cap (with Malakhov being 'a lot' and Korolyuk being 'zilch'), what are we left with? A conditional first-round pick goes to the Sharks in exchange for Jim Fahey, a quality AHL defenceman if I ever saw one.
After months of pundits musing on what, exactly, wily old Lou Lamoriello was going to do, we finally have our answer: find the loophole. It was a costly loophole, but a loophole nonetheless.
And now it's only a matter of time before we see teams swap deceased players. (You can imagine how much Gary Bettman wants to see a Zholtok for Snyder type deal hit the headlines.)
As for what Lamoriello does with Alex Mogilny, I hear Garth Snow is taking offers on a former backup netminder.