The Bruins requested the Philadelphia Flyers retain 50% of Andrej Meszaros‘ cap hit to create cap space in anticipation of a deal. However, Shinzawa says the deal fell through when the Ryan Kesler trade involving Brandon Sutter of the Pittsburgh Penguins didn’t happen.
It certainly appeared the Canucks were preparing to take at least two contracts back in one or more trades. They dealt defenceman Patrick Mullen to the Ottawa Senators for unsigned college prospect Jeff Costello. The recently acquired Raphael Diaz was then dealt to the New York Rangers for a fifth round pick in 2015.
Prior to these trades, the Canucks had only one spot left on their reserve list.
Whether the Bruins and Canucks had a deal in place or not, it didn’t appear Edler was willing to waive his no-trade clause in the first year of a six-year contract anyways.
Alex Edler told me you don’t sign a 6-year deal with a NTC so you can leave town shortly after #canucks Don’t think he’d waive.
— Dan Murphy (@sportsnetmurph) March 5, 2014
It’s possible the Canucks revisit this deal in the summer just like Kesler to Penguins.