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Thoughts on Kovalchuk's future?

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10-21-2009, 12:33 PM
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The only team I can see making a huge run at him at this point is Boston. However, I seriously hope he doesn't go anywhere. He is the face of the Atlanta franchise, and losing him would absolutely doom that team to mediocrity
The real tough part about all this is that the B's, as well as most teams are going to be very hesitant. There would have to be a continency in place if he leaves to play in the KHL or appropriated a plan to sign him.

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10-21-2009, 01:41 PM
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And this comming from a Leafs fan who has Burke as their G.M.
The team who has a GM that will lead them to last place overall while trading their 1st rd picks for the next two yrs.
I'd rather have kessell than the picks and i'm sure Burke will do everything to turn it around.....who knows we may even catch the Habs!!!!

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10-21-2009, 02:23 PM
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Colorado, damnit. Colorado.

Beautiful place to live, very good young team, tons and tons of cap room(upwards of $15 M in the summer), good mix of veterans as well. Free agents over the years like Smyth, Kariya, Hannan, and Selanne have found Denver a very attractive place to go.

I think we could have a real shot.

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10-21-2009, 03:11 PM
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I'm hoping Lamoriello finally goes after a top notch UFA. Kovy, you can live in Manhattan and go dinning at Little Odessa, in Brooklyn. I hear there quite a few excellent authentic Russian restaurants.

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10-21-2009, 05:52 PM
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According to sources, Atlanta is going to offer him the chance to become the NHLís second $100 million man. (Alexander Ovechkin was the first.) Under the CBA, the maximum per-year salary he could receive is $11.36 million per season, so it would have to me a minimum nine-year deal. (Thrashers GM Don Waddell would not comment. Same goes for agent Jay Grossman.)
http://www.cbc.ca/sports/blogs/2009/..._100m_man.html

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10-21-2009, 06:28 PM
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DW said neither side is interested in one of those super long contracts. I thought they were discussing a 5-6 year deal.

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DW said neither side is interested in one of those super long contracts. I thought they were discussing a 5-6 year deal.
I'm sure Kovy will change his mind when he sees that the money=league max. DW will too if he thinks it's the only way he can keep Kovy.

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10-21-2009, 07:27 PM
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same maybe

most likely he'll stay in Atlanta. if goes, go to Washington

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I think he'll resign. I'd like to see the Bruins make a run at him only if they can resign him before he enters free agency but since I don't see how that will happen and keep us under the cap...

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10-22-2009, 06:53 AM
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If that rumor has legs, my guess would be slightly below max...10 years/$100 mill...

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10-22-2009, 07:26 AM
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most likely he'll stay in Atlanta. if goes, go to Washington
Why?How?

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10-22-2009, 07:33 AM
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If Atlanta trades Kovalchuk it won't be within the conference unless it's for massive overpayment.

He'll go West if he goes at all.

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10-22-2009, 07:34 AM
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Kovy's only leverage is the threat of Medvedev's team signing him for zillions of tax free dollars. He might sign a four year deal, and then play in Russia for the 2013-2014 Olympic season and then return. Honestly, that's what I'd do if I was him.
Can't say I agree with that. Kovalchuk has all the leverage. He will have takers in the NHL (teams will dump good players on trade markets to make salary room for him), and he has takers overseas. All would be willing to pay him a truckload and give him double-digit years to boot.

Were I him, I'd set something like a 10-year, $10M/yr, $100M target... and Atlanta will pay it. They have no choice. In 2014, I go to the Olympics. If the league decides to go, then great. If the league decides not to go, I go anyway, come back... and the league basically has to accept that the Malkins and Ovechkins and Kovalchuk took the time off and have returned. The league isn't going to punish its star attractions.

Anyway, he's probably going to sign, and he's probably going to sign long term, and he's probably going to the Sochi Olympics whether the NHL lets him go or not.

I'm really hoping Atlanta gets him signed. it looks good so far, and here's hoping.

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10-22-2009, 09:04 AM
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As long as Don Wadell runs that team, the Thrashers will never be competitive. I really dont get why he still has a job.

And for those who keep saying "it'll kill the franchise if he's traded".

It wont. But then it might because hey, it's Wadell who's trading him. That dude does not know the value of other players. Or his scout staff doesnt. Either way, its gonna suck.

Boston traded their franchise player (Thornton) and they've been better without him then they ever have with him. So that tells you something, dunnit?

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10-22-2009, 09:12 AM
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Colorado, damnit. Colorado.

Beautiful place to live, very good young team, tons and tons of cap room(upwards of $15 M in the summer), good mix of veterans as well.

That sounds exactly like Atlanta. If Kovalchuk leaves the Thrashers, I don't think it is to go to a team in the exact same situation.

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10-22-2009, 09:45 AM
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That sounds exactly like Atlanta. If Kovalchuk leaves the Thrashers, I don't think it is to go to a team in the exact same situation.
I think Colorado as a franchise has a much higher reputation and proven track record than Atlanta. Bigger hockey market, no doubt. I do not see forwards like Stastny, Hejduk, etc. there to play with Kovalchuk. For your Kane, we have a Duchene who's even better. Lots of cap room and top free agents have already shown they will come to Colorado as well.

That is my unbiased opinion.

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10-22-2009, 10:07 AM
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I think Colorado as a franchise has a much higher reputation and proven track record than Atlanta. Bigger hockey market, no doubt. I do not see forwards like Stastny, Hejduk, etc. there to play with Kovalchuk. For your Kane, we have a Duchene who's even better. Lots of cap room and top free agents have already shown they will come to Colorado as well.

That is my unbiased opinion.
I'll match your Stastny and Hejduk with Antropov and Little and I'll raise you a Bogosian and an Enstrom.

There is no doubt that Colorado has a longer, more storied history but I am not sure that Kovy really cares about history unless it has to do with the Russian/Soviet national teams. His primary concern is winning now and in the future, which I really don't see a lot of difference between the Avalanche and Thrashers. If anything, I think the Thrashers might have a bit of an edge because they've sucked longer and have stockpiled some nice pieces for the future because of that suckage.

I think he stays in Atlanta, but if he goes anywhere- it will be somewhere that he percieves the chances of winning are greater. Who knows, maybe he takes a discount (ala Hossa) to play in Washington or Pittsburgh just to get a good shot at a cup soon and then cashes in later.

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