if he does sign a 8-10m/yr contract he doesn't want a winner, he wants the money, imo.
Thing is though he hasnt stated anywhere that the deals already offered werent high enough, he has flat out refused two lucrative contracts both with teams that arent contenders (+ another contract with the KHL). There are still teams out there that could offer him big money, but lets be realistic which ones are contenders? The teams that are a Kovalchuk away from being contenders will not break the core for one player. But you are right, he might end up signing a big contract with a weakish team (ala Sundin) but so far it hasnt happened....
Originally Posted by BLONG7
he wants the money, he wants the term, he wants a winner, and he says he wants his privacy, so no big hockey market...WTF??? Good luck Kovy...
He could want whatever he wants, and its his agent's job to get all that for him. But wanting and getting are two different things. So far he hasnt taken the money direction so still looks like a priority to him is a winner. That being said, I dont remember hearing it directly from him that he doesnt want to play in a big hockey market, just various sources (that arent terribly reliable) that this was the case. I wouldnt be surprised to see him sign in a hockey market that will offer him a long term deal and an early chance at the cup. Lets not forget that Kovy is embarking on his 11th season, he knows hes playing at his prime, its now or never for him.
Go to hockeysfuture.com and look at their prospect list. They have TONS of nice pieces. They're not going to be good within 2 years, but after that, they'll be VERY good. Plus, Kovalchuk would be a good ambassador for Kabanov. Also they have, Nino Neidereiter, Tavares, Okposo, Bailey, Brock Nelson, Calvin de Haan, Travis Hamonic, Kirill Petrov.
This is a very good team coming up. Garth Snow & his scouts have been doing some tremendous drafting since he took over.
And unlike Milbury, he didn't squander them on ridiculous deals.
Garth Snow isn't doing a bad job, considering the absolutely abysmal hand he was dealt.
Adding Kovalchuk could bring this team close to being a playoff team right next year. And it got added benefits for Wang, benefits the Altanta owners were after too - publicity and ticket sales.