Yeah. Still doesn't explain Vrbata.
If you have cap space and not wasting millions, then you have even more to work with in acquiring the higher cost contracts for the higher level of talent... Vrbata's asking price was a little too steep, especially the lack of Dev's cap space. There's was very good interest in Vrbata, all the analysts agreed too, like Craig Button... "New Jersey was a very good fit for Vrbata that fills the offensive/shootout void. I think Vrbata's has like a 45% shootout success rate, that's perfection for the biggest deficiency with this club last year. Instead, the resultant is another season of a huge liability on the backend sucking $3.2 million cap space(the highest of any Devils defenseman) and most likely won't be playing a full season for that salary anyway. Additionally, the compliance buyout was wasted on the wrong player(many on the forum agreed) especially when you look at value/cost. Should of been Salvador instead of Hedberg and this season's start would have the Devils $5+ million ahead in this game... more to pursue top talent, a "box office draw" as they say. Then again, there appears a deal was done with Salvador because of Management mistakes in the past.