Ducks' Weight is over
McDonald dealt to Blues to free cap space
Doug Weight is on his way to the West coast as the Blues have traded the playmaker to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Andy McDonald in a move that will free up enough cap space next season to allow Scott Niedermayer to make his return to the Ducks.
After back-to-back outstanding seasons, McDonald had struggled this year and is on pace for just 10 goals and 40 points. He was due $3.33-million both this season and next, and it's the 2008-09 figure that matters here.
As in, Weight doesn't have one.
Anaheim's tight against the salary cap next season and this frees up cash to sign Corey Perry, and barring a major renaissance from Weight, who has been awful so far this season, this is really just a dump of McDonald's contract. I'd thought Brian Burke would shuttle out someone of less consequence given he really didn't need to move much salary in order to accommodate Niedermayer's contract, but this does leave them some breathing space to add salary later this season.
A savvy move by the Blues, who pickup a speedy player coming off two 30-goal, 80-point level seasons for someone who really wasn't contributing a lot this season.
This definitely fits in the category of a "new CBA" trade, but you have to wonder if Burke isn't regretting signing Todd Bertuzzi to that bulky deal in the off-season.