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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
- So the old adage, “If Wayne Gretzky was traded, anyone can be traded,” should be replaced by, “If Scott Gomez and David Clarkson were traded…”
The Maple Leafs essentially cleared $10.5M in cap space by dealing Clarkson to Columbus for Nathan Horton—Clarkson’s $5.5M they shed plus Horton’s $5M they will be able to replace when and if the club hits the upper limit and places the incapacitiated winger on LTI.
The Leafs finally have a management that is willing to take advantage of its financial might.
- Oh, and the best thing for Horton is that the NHL has a job waiting for him when he goes on LTI.
read on for the latest on Mats Zuccarello...
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
Center Brandon Dubinsky and left wing Matt Calvert will miss today's game against the New Jersey Devils in Nationwide Arena after being diagnosed with concussions. They are listed by the club as being out indefinitely.
Dubinsky had just scored a goal early in Thursday's loss to Montreal when he was undercut by Canadiens defenseman Tom Gilbert and sent crashing into the end boards. He landed awkwardly on his neck and did a half-somersault before tumbling to the ice.
Watch how Dubinsky suffered the concussion below...
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
So much for the untradeable player with the unmovable contract. That species of player, thought to be alive and well in the salary cap era, does not exist. In fact, he never has because GMs such as David Nonis and Jarmo Kekalainen can cook up deals like the one they did Thursday afternoon.
In swapping the ill-suited and much maligned David Clarkson for the seriously and likely permanently injured Nathan Horton, Nonis and Kekalainen conspired to help each other out of contractual straitjackets that were paralyzing their rosters. This deal was so much more than just swapping one bad contract for another one.
And it’s the kind of deal the salary cap and all the machinations the owners have tried to put in place since the lockout in 2004-05 have been trying to prevent. The salary cap, which causes more problems than it solves in your correspondent’s humble opinion, was supposed to prevent teams from buying their way out of their mistakes. It was supposed to take away that competitive advantage that the big-revenue teams used to enjoy.
But lo and behold, what we have here is legal circumvention of the salary. Brilliant, innovative and clever legal circumvention of the salary cap, but circumvention nonetheless.
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
The first thing you need to know about the Toronto Maple Leafs escape from salary cap jail is that it was the Columbus Blue Jackets who first proposed Thursday’s stunning David Clarkson for Nathan Horton swap.
In fact, the Leafs probably wouldn’t have even believed such a transaction was possible with Horton’s career in jeopardy because of a serious back injury.
However, they learned in recent days that Horton’s contract wasn’t insured and Columbus didn’t want to pay the veteran winger $26.1-million over the next five years to not play. Given that Toronto no longer wanted to pay Clarkson $27.5-million for the next five years to play, there was a perfect fit.
Everything basically came together in a little more than a day.
"The money lined up, which was a big part of it," said Toronto GM Dave Nonis.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
The Maple Leafs got rid of Clarkson's contract and the only thing it costs them is money, which they seem to print no matter what is happening with the team on the ice. That's an easy win and the Leafs haven't had a lot of wins, easy or otherwise, on the ice, so they might as well celebrate this one. All shots aside, though, it's a smart move for the Leafs to use their financial wherewithal to their advantage. It can't happen as often under a salary cap system, but it worked in this situation and it's a pretty good sign that the Maple Leafs were creative enough to find a way to escape their biggest contract mistake.
Scott Cullen of TSN where you can read more on the trade.
COLUMBUS, OHIO --- The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired right wing David Clarkson from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for right wing Nathan Horton, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Clarkson, 30, has registered 112 goals and 84 assists for 196 points with 955 penalty minutes in 544 career NHL games with the Maple Leafs and New Jersey Devils, while adding 5-9-14 and 79 penalty minutes in 44 career Stanley Cup Playoff games. He has collected 10-5-15 and 92 penalty minutes in 58 games this season.
“David Clarkson has been a 30-goal scorer in the NHL who will bring added character and leadership to our group and we believe he will be a valuable contributor to our team,” said Kekalainen. “While we are excited to welcome David to the Blue Jackets, it is also difficult that Nathan’s time here has ended prematurely due to his injury situation. He is a tremendous person and we wish him and his family all the best in the future.”
Toronto release below...
COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have traded right wing Adam Cracknell to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for future considerations, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Cracknell, 29, recorded an assist and two penalty minutes in 17 games with the Blue Jackets and added 3-4-7 and two penalty minutes in 18 games with the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons this season after being claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Kings on October 7. The Prince Albert, Saskatchewan native has appeared in 82 career NHL games with Columbus and St. Louis, registering 6-11-17 and 14 penalty minutes.
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
“I haven’t really at any time wanted to be traded,” Wisniewski said. “I’ve always wanted to be a Columbus Blue Jacket. I love it here. As of right now, I’m a Columbus Blue Jacket. I’m here to win hockey games.”
more and other Columbus notes...
Told James Wisniewski's list of 10 no-trade teams was put together in a way to make it more difficult for #CBJ to trade. In other words ...
... teams with no cap room and no need for offensive defensemen were approved, while teams with glaring need/cap room were on no-trade list.
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski, a healthy scratch on Sunday vs. the New York Rangers, expects to be back in the lineup tonight against the Buffalo Sabres in Nationwide Arena.
But he might not be wearing the Blue Jackets sweater much longer, if the club gets its wish.
Wisniewski has a modified no-trade clause in his contract, by which he can list the 10 teams to which he would NOT approve a trade. The Blue Jackets requested that list from Wisniewski last Monday, Feb. 17.
That leaves 19 teams to which Wisniewski can be traded, and two sources told The Dispatch last night that the Blue Jackets are shopping Wisniewski.
"I want to be here," Wisniewski told The Dispatch this morning. "They know I want to be here."
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
If a team dying to add a defenseman asked about veteran James Wisniewski (who has two more years left on his deal after this season carrying a $5.5 million cap hit), my guess is the Jackets would listen.
But you don’t get the sense, unlike with many of the non-playoff teams, that an overhaul is coming. This is a good team that simply has a dark cloud hanging over it this season.
"I don’t think we’re in a situation where we need to blow things up or anything like that, not from a contractual point of view or any other point of view," Kekalainen said. "I think that we’ll just evaluate whatever opportunity might come our way before the deadline."
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