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07-10-2013, 07:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Hockyluv21 View Post
I'll say it again, but if any team could use Volchenkov, it's likely the Hurricanes. Take it or leave it, but Ruutu for Volchenkov would be a good move for both teams. Both have similar contracts, and both fit certain needs.

Canes could be able to round a very solid three and a half pairs while letting top prospect Ryan Murphy ply his trade in the AHL for one year.


New Jersey, on the other hand, would round out a very solid top-12, and get an ideal Clarkson replacement.

Ruutu - Henrique - Kovalchuk
Elias - Zajac - Ryder
Clowe - Loktionov - Zubrus
Olesz/Gionta - Carter - Bernier

With only $500K/yr difference in salaries for the same term, three years, contractually it's the definition of an equal trade. If both pan out for their new teams, good for them. If one and/or the other flops, just use a compliance buyout to wipe out the contract the next year.
I'd do it, the reality is we're going to have to take some salary back; i've always liked Ruutu as a player and he could definitely be an asset for us.

It's more about moving the body on defence than it is getting rid of his salary urgently, with the Tallinder trade we have more than enough space to sign our RFAs even with the Zidlicky re-signing today (assuming he's being paid around the same Tallinder was).

Volchenkov isn't as terrible as some devils fans here are making him out to be, he's overpaid yes, but he was left out to dry on a pairing with Salvador and a bad team in front of him, not to mention a bad goaltender behind him for large parts of last year (Hedberg played pretty badly).

He's overpaid slightly, and signed for a few more years, but he's not some train wreck. Put him on a pairing with someone mobile and shelter his minutes a little bit and he still has decent value as a shot blocking physical PK specialist.

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