I think they're very easy to do, but that no team is willing to give up assets to get rid of the capspace, or maybe they're hoping the player will turn it around. They're very willing to give up assets like Joel Armia and a 4th for Steve Mason. Those aren't likely to make much of a difference one way or another.Didn't Marleau have a no trade clause? He decided where to land...and I bet a high proportion of these crippling contracts contain no movement clauses.
I love the idea, but I'm not sure it's as easy as you make it out to be.
If Lucic doesn't want to waive his NTC to come here, fine. Call up the NYI for Andrew Ladd. Call up Buffalo for Okposo. Call up Vancouver for Eriksson. Call up Chicago for Seabrook (prior to them essentially medically retiring him, more or less). Call up Ottawa for Bobby Ryan. Call up Bawstun for David Backes.
Don't tell me that Andrew Ladd / David Backes wouldn't wave their NTC to come here. Bullshit. Montreal is so undesirable that they'd rather play in the AHL instead of come here?
These type of deals are not hard to make, you just need to be willing to swallow the pill.