Nothing against Kovalchuk or the Kings. It actually makes a lot of sense that he does go to LA, but I can't remember the last time that a player who was rumored to want to go to a certain team as a UFA actually did go there when he finally hit the market.
A team like STL/NYI/etc. could give him a 8 million/year contract or he could take a discount with a contender like WSH/SJ/etc. or he could resign with NJD/ATL or he could leave for the KHL.
There are just too many factors and unknowns, and in my experience these things never unfold how people expect them to.
The only team that really worries me is the Rangers. ****king Sather is a moron. Kovalchuk and Gaborik will not take that team all the way. But he seems to think that overpaying for Free Agents is the way to go...when obviously it hasn't got him anywhere. Plus they just waived 3 players to make room for salary....****!
exactly....with the rumors of people saying he wants to play here, plus the quote he made a few weeks ago saying something like, "i think it will all be decided very quickly", makes me think he's talking about LA. God I hope i'm right tho.
I could see STL going after Frolov instead. STL might have tons of cap space...but they also have 11 roster spots to fill...plus they have to resign RFA E.Johnson,Perron, and Halak who will all get decent raises.