In a related move, Lamoriello traded Vladimir Malakhov and a first-round pick to the San Jose Sharks for Igor Korolyuk and Jim Fahey. Malakhov isn't going to play this year either, but unlike Mogilny, he's not going on the LTI list. Instead, the Devils basically unloaded his $3.6 million salary on the Sharks, who have the cap room to absorb it. In exchange for doing so, they're getting that first-round pick. That's an idea that I had mused about in message boards over the summer, but the notion got ripped at the time. Lamoriello and Bobby Clarke have clearly outperformed their peers this offseason in Salary Capology, leaving their lessers to do nothing but complain. You have to love some of the juicy GM quotes from that TSN piece:
'This opens up a real can of worms for the league,'
'This is going to get ugly.'
'It doesn't break any rules, but it still has a smell to it. It stinks.'
Boo-freaking-hoo, boys, get your game on and get to work. The guys one the ice aren't the only ones competing for that Stanley Cup.