Miscellaneous NHL Discussion including Fantasy Talk, #5
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09-01-2010, 06:05 PM
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The only differences were the length and Kovalchuk's age at the end of the contract.
If you look at that way then basically every contract out there, whether it be two years or 17 years, is basically the same. The age and length are two very big parts of the contract.
The league gets to determine when a contract gets too egregious and they obviously decided that the line in the sand is right around the Hossa contract.
If you actually believe that the initial Kovalchuk contract was somehow comparable to other contracts out there then just looks at this article.
There's no way that any person with knowledge on the subject can look at me with a straight face and say that the initial Kovalchuk contract had any comparable out there.
I don't really think the PA had much of a choice.
There's no way to know that, but even if that were true, who gives a ****? The NHLPA agreed to extend it and we have to wait two extra days. Two days. Big ****ing whoop.
I also don't care about where Kovalchuk ends up, but the whole process has been ugly.
I think the process has been handled fine.
If you want to blame someone for dragging this whole thing out and making it "ugly" then the blame should be directed at Kovalchuk and the Devils. Kovalchuk is the one who won't settle for anything less then 100 mil apparently and the Devils are the ones who keep sending in contracts that are putting the NHL in the spot-light. Hell, even Lou Lamiorello admitted that he thought the first contract would get rejected yet he sent the contract in anyway.
Potential only gets you so far. San Jose is in a position to win now and hoping and praying on a tandem of Nitty and Greiss is nearly as awful as hoping and praying on a tandem of Leighton and Boucher.
Niitty and Greiss are legitimate NHL goalies and are both have the potential to be starters (albeit, a small potential in Niitty's case). That's more then can be said for Leighton and Boucher.
If I was a Sharks fan, I'd feel better about my goaltending situation today than I did yesterday... and clearly I'd be in the minority on HFBoards.
Niemi is an average starter. Greiss is a good backup with potential to be a starter. Niitty is a good backup/pseudo-starter. Whatever upgrade they made is a slight upgrade and it'll probably be at the cost of both cap space and Greiss since they now have to get rid of someone.
As long as you admit that you're in the minority here, I have no qualms with what you're saying though.
The only suspect part of the San Jose line up is offense from their defense. It's not stand out defensive core, but it's a lot better than even their own fan base is giving it credit for. I'm in the minority here, too, but I stand firm in my belief that they'll be fine with what they have.
Their goalies are average to below average, their defense is flat-out bad, and their offense is well-rounded, but nothing special when compared to some of the top offenses out there.
I've been saying it all summer long, the Sharks are getting massively overrated and are just getting the benefit of the doubt in this upcoming regular season just like the Devils and Red Wings always do. I can't even remember if I expect the Sharks to be a playoff team or not.
Again, as long as you're admitting that you're in the minority here, I'm okay with what you're saying.
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