I think Waddell may be far less interested in the future of the franchise at this point than he is his own - this would explain the need for players who will help now.
Also; what possible players that are/would be available are going to replace a guy like Kovi. Any team looking to get him is not going to be giving up a player with his star power.
I can see Waddell wanting roster players but not they type that are "marketable" because I don't think they are there to be had.
1. We don't know yet what the Cap will be.
2. We don't know if the players will exercise their option on the 5%
3. We don't know if Chicago will have any players retire, and if they signed their contracts when they were 35 or older
4. They can trade players for draft picks, which don't have salaries associated with them.
5. They can waive players of lesser value, burying them in the minors so they don't have to lose a key player.
are you getting the drift? trading key players for a one shot deal on a superstar is not the only option - in fact it is not even the best option.
As for Chi dumping salary in good players, see the other posts from people about how much they need to shave off and those 3 are their best choice at freeing up the salary they need as it has all been said on many other hockey blogs, boards, etc.
1. The cap isn't going up - we can be assured of that
2. Unless something drastic and unexpected happens no one will be retiring on their roster.
3. Even if they waive someone like Campbell they still have to pay him and he still counts against the cap.
I agree they could trade for picks but is that really better than renting Kovy for this year and taking a run at the cup? Isn't upgrading from versteeg to Kovy worth the downgrade of barker to hendry?