Yeah and we also wouldn't give up anywhere near that for Frolov. A. Kostitsyn could very well put up Frolov numbers in the near future.
I don't want Kovalchuk. Only guys i would be willing to give the payday that he will get to are Crosby or Ovechkin.
Why in God's name wouldn't you??..Outside Ovechkin, nobody in the NHL has scored more goals than him since lockout. 189Goals in 4seasons (318GP), that's an average of 49G/season.
Only Ovechkin has a better average (56G).
There isn't many players in the league worth as much money as they want, but in my books he's one of them for sure.
As for the site, you don't need to be a genius to realize there's a great chance he'll test out free agency. In 7years, his team has been going nowhere. They made the POs once and got swept.
The biggest offensive star after him is Antropov. The arena is empty every game. I really don't see why he'd want to re-sign there when he could easily play for any team he wants.
I'd pay Kovalchuk as much as he wants, he's a complete package. I'd ink him regardless of cap issues and then try to free up some room if needed.