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06-12-2004, 06:53 PM
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Originally Posted by ax˛+bx+c
Well, you missed the point... It's about keeping Kovalev or not. And giving good contract to stars is not really a huge concern. Especially not when it's one of the most spectacular player in the NHL. It's when you give too much money on low-impact players and etc.
I totally disagree with this. Giving good contracts to stars should be a huge concern, simply because of the fact that a large percentage of the payroll would be invested into one player. Team's payrolls get thrown out of whack when they sign star players.

The Islanders aren't screwed up because they pay low-impact players too much; they paid their star Yashin too much. The Stars aren't screwed up because they pay low-impact players too much; they paid Guerin too much. Now I know these are extreme situations, and signing Kovalev to say a six million a year deal won't restrict the Habs financially like the Isles/Stars, but it can still be a costly mistake and at least should be discussed. A team can usually afford to swallow a bad signing to a mid-range player.

And also, what Kovalev would the Habs be signing? The enigma Kovalev seen for last year's regular season, or the playoff Kovie and the Kovie that got 95 pts in Pittsburgh? You can't be totally sure, either way.

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