Who else thinks Kovy is a ********* now? How would any GM overpay for him in a trade knowing what his asking price is now? He could take it to the next level or become a Yashin.
I know I was for trading for him and I still am, but the price is coming waaaay down and no way I'd want to sign him to a long term deal under ANY situation at those ridiculous prices.
He should not make more than Ovy, Crosby or Malkin imo.
Interesting POV my friend, He is not all about team, he is about KOVY. Signing him to such a ridiculous amount of money is death to a franchise. I read Don Waddels statement about the whole ordeal and every team in the NHL will meet the same fate as Atlanta, you give this guy the bank and strap your team from putting together pieces needed to ice a competitive team. I say let him go to Russia.
It doesn't really matter whether UFA or RFA. They wanted long-term contracts at 8.7 million to make a lot of money and to keep their team competitive. At 12 million dollars, the team has 48 million dollars left for 22 players. 2 million each? That would make a pretty thin looking team (he'd be the only star there).
I imagine the Kostitsyns and Hamrlik were traded for Kovalchuk here, but Kovalchuk wasn't re-signed.
There would be people who would be ecstatic believe it or not. People who feel that the Kostitsyn brothers are a net negative because of "attitude" and need to be shipped out for a bag of pucks if need be, and that Hamrlik is so overpaid that he's preventing the Habs from making any moves at all. No, I don't get it either.