NHL 2010-2011: Free Agents; Kovalchuk Free Agency

There are three reasons for that, Legion:

1) NHLPA '93 is an amazing game and should be held in more importance than your wedding anniversary or brother's birthday.
2) Hockey, in general, is more important than anything.
3) You're natural love of football, though impressive, means you view so many painful head injuries that you've started to feel the effects.

I am enjoying watching the Chicago Blackhawks get destroyed due to Tallon completely screwing up with cap management*.

*I also feel bad. This is a team that should have stuck together far longer and made a run next year. As much as I hate the Blackhawks I'm happy for their current success, happy for the fans, happy for Stan Bowman, and happy for the young players that aren't douchebags (go die in a fire Byfuglien, Kane, and Eager). I would like to see the team continue having success and it's going to take a few years to get back to last seasons level.

You know what? If I was a Blackhawks fan I'd be happy with just winning the Cup. Anything else is just gravy.

Hear that Burke? I just want a Cup. I don't care if you take 5 more years to get there, or if the team is crap the next season. As long as it means we win it again.

Oh me too. It's just that they've waited so long to win and suffered through so much (seriously, as much as the Canucks, Capitals, Sabres, Leafs, Kings, etc etc have all suffered through a lot no one has had it worse than the Blackhawks) and to finally get rewarded with a Cup but have the team ripped apart so fast. It's like they didn't even get to enjoy the moment. That goes for the players as well as the fans.

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Cool.

Bad. Ass.

Should be official tomorrow at 1:00 pm, the Devils have landed the "big one". Kovalchuk staying in Newark, right across the river from a fairly sizable Russian community.

I'm interested to know how much he signed for. I really don't think he'll get the $10 million a year Atlanta was offering.

The ESPN New York report is saying the 17-year $100+ million to keep him a post-playing career Devil is the right number. I dunno, it sounds like one of those crazy Charles Wang Islander deals.

As a Kings fan who has been following the Kovalchuk decision, this is Kovalchuk's loss. I doubt he will ever win the Cup in NJ. He would have with the Kings though.

Maybe the Kings will resign Frolov. Who knows. The Kings will be fine without him though.

I think with this had to have been a business decision as well as a potential hockey decision. When he arrived in Newark, ticket sales did see a healthy spike.

goman wrote:

As a Kings fan who has been following the Kovalchuk decision, this is Kovalchuk's loss. I doubt he will ever win the Cup in NJ. He would have with the Kings though.

Okay now that's just crazy talk. You doubt he will never win the Cup with a team that has more Stanley Cups (all recent) and more Cup finals appearances (all recent) and more historical success but he is guaranteed to win with the Kings who have had limited success since Gretzky left. Even in this past season the Devils finished much higher in the Standings and both teams fared equally well in the playoffs.

Wait, what? NHL rejects Kovalchuk contract

Oh, that's interesting. It's not the first contract signed that had the tail on the end for salary cap purposes, but I suppose you could argue it is more blatant than the others. Lamoriello has to be pissed about this..

Probably, but I wonder what it does for New Jersey's other "stars" like Parise who see the money being thrown around.

This contract is much more blatant. It would be paying him until he's 44. Since the 90's, only 1 player has played at that age - Chelios. Go to 43, and you've got Chelios, Messier, and Hasek. There is no reason to believe at the age of 27 that he'd defy all probability and be one of the very few players to play well into his 40's other than to get around the salary cap. The league had to put an end to this at one point. Either way, there's nothing stopping him from signing a more reasonable contract in NJ.

Vector wrote:
goman wrote:

As a Kings fan who has been following the Kovalchuk decision, this is Kovalchuk's loss. I doubt he will ever win the Cup in NJ. He would have with the Kings though.

Okay now that's just crazy talk. You doubt he will never win the Cup with a team that has more Stanley Cups (all recent) and more Cup finals appearances (all recent) and more historical success but he is guaranteed to win with the Kings who have had limited success since Gretzky left. Even in this past season the Devils finished much higher in the Standings and both teams fared equally well in the playoffs.

Okay I admit I am biased, but the West was much better than the East last season. So you cannot compare the standings. Oh and the Devils only had 2 more points than the Kings.

Besides Zach Parise and Travis Zajac, the Devils do not have that many good young players.

NJ has good young players, just not many stars. Their "interchangeable" parts still work around here.

Going to Vancouver to watch Canucks vs Colorado in Oct!!!!!!!!!

WOO HOOOOOOOOOOOO!

jinniee wrote:

Going to Vancouver to watch Canucks vs Colorado in Oct!!!!!!!!!

WOO HOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Hopefully we'll have some defencemen for you to watch.

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GWJ meetup thread I made. =D

Gravey wrote:
jinniee wrote:

Going to Vancouver to watch Canucks vs Colorado in Oct!!!!!!!!!

WOO HOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Hopefully we'll have some defencemen for you to watch.

My favourite quote about Sami Salo:

This is up there on his on his list of 40 injuries with the snake bite and the busted nut.
jinniee wrote:

Going to Vancouver to watch Canucks vs Colorado in Oct!!!!!!!!!

WOO HOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Make sure you bring a life-vest so that you don't drown in the pool of bitter tears the Canucks will cry as the Avs destroy them on the way to the cup.

Coldstream wrote:
jinniee wrote:

Going to Vancouver to watch Canucks vs Colorado in Oct!!!!!!!!!

WOO HOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Make sure you bring a life-vest so that you don't drown in the pool of bitter tears the Canucks will cry as the Avs destroy them on the way to the cup. ;)

Psssht, it will only be October, when we're confident and optimistic. We save what you're describing for February.

So, after Niemi went to salary arbitration and was awarded 2.75 million a year, the Blackhawks opted not to sign him and signed Turco instead.

We know that Chicago is very cap constrained, but I have to wonder how much Turco is receiving. I suspect that with the super tight free agent market and the complete lack of interest in goaltenders this summer Turco took a pay cut to play with a contender. In which case the Blackhawks have themselves a steal, because Turco has some good hockey left in him.

He might not play as many games per season as he once did, but Turco is an upgrade in net for the Hawks. Who would have thought they could manage that this summer?

Turco will get 1.75. I'm not entirely sure if it's an upgrade. I'm a huge Turco fan but he was terrible last season. God awful actually. If he returns to form and plays the way he has in the past then it's a great pick up.

Edit: Even cheaper. He signed for 1.3. Every little bit counts for the Hawks.

Well, I think that Niemi played above his ability during the playoffs and next season he'll come down to earth. Huet is still there, if I remember correctly, but he's very limited as an option too.

Turco is a question mark, as you say, but I think he'll bounce back in a new environment with a good team in front of him.

Huet will either be sent to the AHL or Europe. They can't afford to keep him on the roster.

Arbitrator rules in favour of the NHL. Kovalchuk now a FA. Luongo's contract is also under investigation and was mentioned by the arbitrator of a previous example that may be dealt with.

Vector wrote:

Arbitrator rules in favour of the NHL. Kovalchuk now a FA. Luongo's contract is also under investigation and was mentioned by the arbitrator of a previous example that may be dealt with.

Huh? A little late to be reviewing Luo's contract now..

nihilo wrote:
Vector wrote:

Arbitrator rules in favour of the NHL. Kovalchuk now a FA. Luongo's contract is also under investigation and was mentioned by the arbitrator of a previous example that may be dealt with.

Huh? A little late to be reviewing Luo's contract now..

The arbitrator also named the Hossa, Pronger, and Savard contracts. All the Habs and Sharks need for a Stanley Cup Final is an arbitration ruling that those contracts circumvented the cap, and the league having the games won by the Flyers & Blackhawks forfeited.

Alright, I'm delusional, but it's theoretically possible.