At CBC, Elliotte Friedman writes that in the summer of 2006, the Devils Patrik Elias had said goodbye to Lou Lamoriello and was planning to sign with the Rangers.
Friedman writes that Elias and the Rangers had a verbal agreement but the Rangers would not add a no-move clause to the contract which caused the talks to hit a snag and open up a chance for the Devils to re-sign him.
Elias signed a seven year deal that had a cap hit of $6 million per season and included a no-move clause.
The Rangers, according to a Larry Brooks report in the NY Post from 2006, said that the Rangers were offering Elias $7 million a season.
The plan, at the time, was to add Elias to the Rangers lineup with fellow Czech Jaromir Jagr.