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Instant trade analysis: Jamie Langenbrunner to the Stars

James Wisniewski of the New York Islanders skates

James Wisniewski of the New York Islanders skates against Jamie Langenbrunner of the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. (Dec. 23, 2010) Credit: Getty Images

Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner waived his no-trade clause to go back to Dallas, where he won a Stanley Cup in 1999. The reported compensation is a conditional third-round pick in the June draft that could become a second, depending on how Dallas does in the playoffs.

Not a huge return for such a cornerstone, but that's life with the Devils these days: Lou Lamoriello painted himself into a corner with nine no-trade clauses, including Langenbrunner's, and only Langenbrunner and Jason Arnott are unrestricted free agents after the season.

The Stars have had a surprisingly good first half, firmly in the Western Conference playoff mix. I'm not sure Kari Lehtonen is the goaltender to carry them deep into the postseason, but for a team that's on the selling block, this is a smart move for the short-term.

For the Devils, Arnott may really be the only other player to go before the Mar. 3 trade deadline. There were unfounded rumors that Marty Brodeur might be ready to waive his no-trade, but who would take a 38-year-old goaltender with a year left at $5.2-million? And one who's currently the No. 2 on his roster?

Exactly. It'd be a nice dream for the Canadiens, say, to bring Brodeur in as a backup for a playoff run, but the contract is still too onerous.

The Devils may be on the way to clinching the best shot at a No. 1 pick, but they're still a long way from remaking an old, unattractive roster.

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