Dreger: Isles offer 10 years, 10million per to Kovalchuck
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07-03-2010, 11:44 AM
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Kovy wasn't the missing piece to get the Devils over the top, and the Devils have a good solid team. He certainly won't be the missing piece to put the Islanders over the top. He could well be the anchor that sinks the franchise however.
Or the player who makes them competitive again.
Point is, he is a hot commodity for a reason. Every NHL GM knows how good he is and how much better he will make their team. Over his career, despite the shortcomings of the team around him, he has earned the right to demand such a salary. In comparison, last years big UFA, Marian Gaborik, has done a lot less than Kovalchuk but walked away with 7.5 M$ per year. And many will tell you, that signing paid off right away.
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