Lamoriello being left behind by NHL salary cap

STEVE SIMMONS -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:34 AM ET

The consensus among those inside the hockey village was that Lou Lamoriello would have a significant advantage in the new salary-capped world of the National Hockey League.

He was, after all, an active participant in the negotiating of the collective bargaining agreement and that activity was supposed to provide him with some kind of competitive edge.

Only it hasn't happened that way.

More than almost any NHL general manager, Lamoriello has tripped and fallen over the cap, stumbling as he has never stumbled before. He paid too much for Alexander Mogilny and then had to waive him because of salary cap issues.

He paid too much for Vladimir Malakhov who, under murky circumstances, left the team voluntarily, apparently retiring.

Should Malakhov stay retired, the Devils will be charged his salary against the cap next season -- a $3.6-million US hit without return.

Lamoriello's New Jersey Devils aren't a playoff team and don't look to be one: So much for consensus thinking.

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