Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:45 PM
In the end, what makes no sense is how the NHL has approved this, since it's a trade for a player that's already stated he won't be playing in the NHL this year. The NHL has the power to deny trades if they have good reason, but once again they wash their hands of it (assuming they have approved it). It's the back diving contracts all over again, where the NHL only stepped in when it got so absurd their hand was forced.
I guess it's just an opportunity for a team that is an original six (and happens to have Jeremy Jacobs running it) to get away with dumping cap when they need to. Chicago sending Huet to Europe, Detroit and Chicago signing the first ever back diving contracts, and now Boston dumping their goalie that won't play for a pick (or maybe even nothing just so they can dump his cap hit).
They wanted to shut down the back diving contracts after Luongo's deal was signed. However they couldn't do that without invalidating the contracts for Zetterberg, Franzen and Hossa since they were all too similar. If they had done that, it would have also invalidated the games Detroit and Chicago played that past season, and would have denied Chicago the Stanley Cup they just won. Only once the Kovy deal took it a small step further could they draw the line in the sand. For the rest, they had to complain in the CBA negotiations to show just how against them they really were from the start.
If this was Nashville and Florida making the same style deal, I suggest the NHL would have denied it. In the same way, if Luongo was traded to Florida but then decided to take a sabbatical for the remaining (but low paying) years of his contract, Florida would also try and suspend him, but then the NHL would find fault with it because it doesn't benefit a team they want it to.