Easy Wings win. When your team is in their position, the best way to move forward is to make these moves. Staal may be a brutal defenseman but getting a 2nd back is a great deal for em. NYR probably threatened a buy out to have him agree to the NMC-waive. $20M in cap room!
Usually cap dumps include another player going to the team getting rid of the bad contract just so that it doesn't look like a cap dump lol ... I noticed the same thing when Marleau got traded last year.
Good deal, though, for both teams. We needed to get rid of his cap hit ... Detroit, meanwhile, gets an experienced d-man who is still useful plus a 2nd rounder.
Maybe people will stop demanding a first for every dump now.
See the Marleau dump from the Leafs costing them a 1st last season. If teams are desperate enough to free up cap space (not necessarily the case for New York here), other teams can very well take advantage of that and demand a higher price than usual.
It’s not exactly off-the-wall to think Staal could’ve costed the Rangers a 1st if they were in any more on a predicament.