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Could the Devils trade their 2014 first round pick?

On March 6, 2014, the NHL went back on its word. After robbing the New Jersey Devils of their 2014 1st round pick as part of the Ilya Kovalchuk circumvention fiasco of 2010, the NHL decided that changes in the Devils' front office deemed the penalty unjust, thus lifting part of the penalty. As a result, the Devils have the 30th overall selection in the 2014 NHL Draft, a pick that cannot be traded.

However, what if Lou Lamoriello does the unthinkable and utilizes one of the sanctions' obvious loopholes, that is, that the player selected could be traded at some point. Could Lou Lamoriello negotiate a deal with a team like Winnipeg (for Evander Kane) or Edmonton (for Sam Gagner), with the prerequisite that Lou will draft whomever these teams want at #30. Suddenly, Lou Lamoriello has the ability to move back in the draft while picking up a contributor.

Maybe Lou could trade down while picking up the rights to a prominent UFA (perhaps Ales Hemsky from Ottawa or Winnipeg's Devin Setoguchi). In any case, Lou could trade down from #30 (which could be a very difficult situation for the team looking at recent mock drafts with a lot of wingers that don't fit the Devils' system).

Of course, there is risk. First, the league (just as they did in 2010), could charge the Devils with attempted circumvention of NHL regulations. I'm not sure that would be just although they did the same in 2010, so I would tread lightly. Additionally, if the trade, for whatever reason, falls through, the Devils will be stuck with a player that they presumably would not have drafted in any other situation.

Is the idea of moving down in the draft and picking up Sam Gagner enticing? How about selling the farm for a disgruntled forward like Evander Kane? Thanks to a loophole in the NHL's decision, that is possible. But would Lou ever be bold enough to try?

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