Re-read what Tri wrote. If Kovy was scoring at his Thrasher rate and had looked great doing it in his three years as Devil and was 100% healthy, yeah, maybe someone takes on the deal (though it would have required getting another lifetime-like deal coming back).
But that's not what happened. Two very "meh" seasons (by Kovy's standards), one good one (that required a lot of ice time), and two injuries. That would have led what few teams that might have been able to take on a horrible contract to be very cautious, especially with several big-money years coming.
If Vanderbeek is bouncing player checks, he's got to be gone sometime soon. It was reported in late June, Lou's saying it - seems like it is going to happen.
Also re trading Kovalchuk - even if they had managed to do that, I cannot see how that would leave NJ in better shape than they're in now.
You both need to re-read yourselves what was written. He said IF they had managed to pull a trade, that we would not be better off. This is simply not true. IF we somehow traded kovy and gotten ANYTHING back in return, then we wouldv beaten what we got back in real life - which was nothing. If you want to argue, financially, then that's a different story, but we were talking about the on-ice product.