Would Sather deal Hagelin, 25 and with one more season on his contract at a $2.25 million cap hit leading into restricted free agency, for, say, Jets captain Andrew Ladd, 28 and with two more years on his deal at $4.4M cap hit leading into unrestricted free agency (and, it must be noted, a modified no-trade clause)?
If you were behind the bench of a team that was 0-7 going into its last shootout with one goal scored in 23 opportunities, as Pete DeBoer was in Denver on Thursday when the Devils and Avalanche went to the skills competition, wouldn’t you have been pretty tempted to use, oh, an entirely different approach?
Not the Devils coach, who watched Patrik Elias (0-for-5) and Adam Henrique (0-for-3) fail while Colorado beat Cory Schneider on each of its two tries.
This just in: Lou Lamoriello is attempting to sign Marek Malik as a free agent.
It just seems wrong, doesn’t it, but Olli Jokinen might be one of the more sought-after rentals at the deadline.
The Sabres’ Steve Ott would bring value to a Cup contender, but even if there’s no doubt about that, there is less doubt the acquiring team will inevitably yield too much to get him.