If hes going to go at the end of the season then we should get something in return for him rather then letting him just walk. We all know that we arent going to be the highest bidder for Zach, itll come down to whether or not the money will talk or if he really is happy here and pulls an Elias.
Atlanta, if they had been making the playoffs the year they traded Kovy, would probably have been better off losing Kovy to free agency than making the trade with the Devils. They have an ok prospect, an overpaid defenseman, and a guy who can't stick with any team he's on.
A playoff team is better off with the extra time and playoff time with their star player and then taking the full cap relief, if they don't re-sign him.