THN.com Top 10: Worst UFA contracts
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07-10-2009, 01:30 PM
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So you think Gionta > Kovalev?
You, my friend, have lost all credibility.
I agree that the Gaborik one's the worst, I think the 2nd worst should be Khabibulin, for all that's involved. Cammalleri got fair value, maybe a slight overpayment, but that's what happens with free-agency.
I'm a Sens fan and can admit that Neil's contract is bloated. Why can't most of you admit that Gionta's is?
Still, the worst contract on the Habs is Gomez.
Now keep in mind the list is made of this year's UFA signings, it's not like there's 100 of them.
Think what you want, but at 36 years old, Kovalev isn't worth 5M$ at all. And it will even be more evident at 37 years old. The guy is losing progressively his skating capacity, and while he remains very effective on the PP, its play at 5-on-5 is going downward.
I repeat it. Hockey isn't only about scoring goals. It's about being more usefull scoring goals, and preventing the opponent from scoring them at the same time. Gionta not only scores goals, but he has weels and he can play on the PK. A complete player. And that doesn't prevent him from getting similar stats as Kovalev did last season. The guy is in his prime to add to the argument.
For all those reasons, I think Gionta at 5M$ is a way much better deal than Kovalev at 5M$.
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