from Craig Custance of ESPN,
The salary cap, and specifically the Blackhawks, have changed the way I look at trades.
Any time Chicago makes a trade that seems motivated more by the cap space than personnel decisions, the deal looks to favor the other team. To me, Daley is a more useful defenseman right now than Scuderi, but to a team like Chicago the additional cap space the deal creates may end up being more valuable than either player.
As Pierre noted, the Penguins are retaining one-third of Scuderi's contract, which means he costs the Blackhawks $2.25 million compared to Daley's $3.3 million. When every last dollar counts, that's significant. The most interesting thing to me isn't the players involved, but what Bowman will do with that additional flexibility.
more on the trade from the ESPN hockey writers...