The ONLY way I can see the Devils trying to move Kovalchuk is if they really are in serious trouble financially and just cannot afford to pay him. The Red Wings would be the best fit for him I think, but what would he cost? I would imagine that good, cheap players would need to go back in the other direction.
Franzen + Filppula + Jurco + Ouellet? I think that helps now and really could help in the future. Wings probably still need to add at least picks and the Devils would need to take a lifetime contract back. I seriously doubt he is even available but the Wings should be all over it if he is.
I also forgot but if anyone thinks that Parise is better than Kovalchuk that's an absolute joke. Kovalchuk has outplayed Parise the entire time as a Devil and the playoffs is the #1 proof that Kovy>>>>>>>>>>>>Parise any day of the week. Kovalchuk completely injured played much better than Parise on a contract year.
1 for 1 maybe, I think NJ would have to add though?
Realisticly there is nothing on Detroit that could really get Lou to think about trading him to us. The only way is if he likes a couple of our guys and is willing to take less back to trade him out of conference. I would have LOVED to have signed him back when he is FA & I'm quite jealous of NJ right now.
You know, I know this is Eklund we're talking about, but he has broken trades before and, more importantly, what he just said makes a lot of sense. We're talking about a team that we all know is in a bit of financial disarray and are currently faced with a conundrum: they have to sign their former 45 goal scorer and one of the best wingers in the game to a long term extension. If they value Parise more than Kovalchuk, which they should, and they don't think they can afford to keep both then one could see why they would consider trading Kovalchuk. Even though it's a huge contract, a long-term signed Kovalchuk who appears to be getting his game back would be attractive to many teams.
Don't be surprised if this particular scoop sticks to the wall for Eklund.
There is absolutely no reason to believe he has done anything but speculated correctly at an extremely low percentage. To look back and say he was right about something does not indicate that he's capable of scooping anything. He's a joke.
I don't get it mods? Was there something wrong with my why hasn't this been closed comment? That Eklund is a "credible" source here is an absolute joke to begin with, but why in gods name would the Devils trade the player they signed to a lifelong contract and was their leading scorer in their run to the Final? Seriously...you should delete the thread, not my comment.
This just makes no sense in any aspect of logical thinking.
If they sign Parise and it's leaked that Kovalchuk is on the market, teams will automatically smell blood in the water and try to push Lou's back against the wall. The Devils will be forced to deal Kovalchuk for less than market value.
Why would an organization that's supposedly having financial troubles make a set of moves that would put their back against the wall even more?