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Why Trade Rumors Linking the Stars to Defenders Karl Alzner, David Schlemko Dont Make Sense

Why Trade Rumors Linking the Stars to Defenders Karl Alzner, David Schlemko Dont Make Sense
Published On: Tue, Dec 04
Mar 3, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets right wing David Clarkson (18) tips the puck past Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner (27) during the second period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday, David Pagnotta from The Fourth Period setA Dallas StarsA twitter abuzz when he casually dropped that the team has been linked in trade rumors withA Montreal CanadiensbluelinersA Karl AlznerA andA David Schlemko.

Ita€™s no secret that the Canadiens would be open to tradingA AlznerA after waiving him and subsequently assigning him to their AHL affiliated Laval Rocket. Theya€™ve got a logjam of blueliners as some of their younger guys get healthy and ready to return to the lineup, and Elliotte Friedman mentioned on Hockey Night in Canada this past weekend thatA SchlemkoA could be another guy they want to move to make room.

Thata€™s all well and good if youa€™re the Canadiens. But the Dallas Stars, who have a dearth of injuries on their blueline, are not the ideal trade partner to unload either of those contracts on.

Thin Cap Room

The Dallas Stars currently have just $317,594 in cap spaceA per Cap Friendly. WithA Martin HanzalA returning within the next few games, the Stars will have to make roster moves to accommodate his $4.75 million cap hit coming off long-term injured reserved. Assuming John Klingberg,A Stephen Johns, andA Connor CarrickA remain on injured-reserve andA Roope HintzA is the forward that comes out given his waiver-exempt status, Cap Friendly estimates the Starsa€™ cap space at just around $55,800. No, that number is not missing a zero.

Basically the Stars dona€™t even have the space to accommodate an AHL recall on a super cheap contract until the defense gets healthy andA Joel HanleyA andA Taylor FedunA return to the AHL, where theya€™ll be able to pick up their cap space to about $1.3 million.

Whichever way you cut it, there is no room on the roster to take on either Schlemkoa€™s contract ($2.1 million cap hit signed through next season) or Alznera€™s contract ($4.625 million signed through the 2021-2022 season) without a significant contract (or multiple smaller contracts) going the other direction to make a move a net-zero (or, ideally, a positive) change to their salary cap situation.

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