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.