'you'll get nothing and like it' - chicago is the best trade partner for waddell because they have all this NHL talent that needs to go elsewhere, but i'm not sure they'll pull the trigger - they are already the best team in the league, why possibly upset that? i don't expect to see in the deal someone of zajac's caliber either; zajac for kovalchuk straight up is a win for atlanta.
If the assessment is that Kovalchuk makes the Devils a conference final lock (to the extent anyone can guarantee anything) then a trade for Zajac straight up would be win-win. You also need to take a good hard look at whether Tenenby/Josefson or a reasonably attainable free agent has the ability to fill Zajac's shoes after Kovalchuk doesn't resign, which is as close to a guarantee as it gets. I'd still ultimately be against it, but it's not something I would reject out of hand.