Kovalchuk and Klee for Michalek, Couture, McLaren, Lukowich
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09-14-2008, 01:12 AM
Join Date: Oct 2007
Think about this. Put yourself in Kovalchuk's shoes. He's already made a ton of money. He just experienced ultimate victory in the World Championships playing on the talented Russian National team. Now he has to go back to Atlanta and play with a bunch of has-beens and never-will-bes. He's been on the team long enough to realize that his GM is an idiot and doesn't know how to build a team. As soon as Waddell gets a half decent team together, he's going to trade a bunch of draft picks for some over the hill rental and screw over his team's future again.
Would Kovalchuk really want to endure the rest of his career in a mostly losing environment just because he's makine 11M a year instead of 8M a year? By the end of his current contract he'll have made 30M or so just in salary, I don't think he's going to care if he makes 8M a year or 11M a year as much as if he's playing with a winning team or a losing team. In two years he'll probably be trading Bogosian for Filip Kuba or something.
The sooner Atlanta trades him, the more they can get. Just look at how every Gaborik and Sedins proposal has people complaining that they're going to be UFAs in one year. Players traded at the deadline, even very good ones, don't get nearly as much as when th ey are traded in the offseason. Just look at Hossa and Campbell. Michalek and Couture is a much better package than either of those players got. Kovalchuk is never going to be worth more to any team in the NHL than he is right now.
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