Only wondering. After we beat them yesterday I was thinking, I really bet Kovalchuk was on the Thrashers right now. I think it's extremely funny that he left Atlanta to go to a better team, yet the Thrashers are 13 points ahead of the Devils a good portion into the season. I just wonder what all of your thoughts are on him now, if you guys still like him, would you take him back, etc.
Sure I miss him. He was a nice guy, was the face of the franchise, and brought an element of excitement that made being a fan very fun.
Do I want him back? Not really. Not sure he'd buy into our team concept. A concept that has us playing as one of the more dangerous teams in the league right now. Winning as a team > Individual.
I really hope that Ilya is learning something through this ordeal. Hockey is a team game and defense is just as important as offense. If he'd play a bit more team D like the other superstars in this league he'd be worth his huge pay packet....and I'd love to have him back. But if he's only going to play on one end of the ice I'll stick with the hand we have now.
Yes, Kovalchuk can score, but the return can score, too.
Yes, Kovalchuk is great at point, but Byfuglien is great, too.
His cap hit was 6.4 mil, just 0.3 mil less than sum of the Buff's, Bergie's and Sopel's cap hit.
One player (Kovalchuk) doesn't make the winning team, 3-4 players (Oduya, Bergfors, Byfuglien, Sopel...) are able to make that.
Thanks Kovy, but without you, or rather with return from your trade, are Thrashers better.
Trading him away was for the best and the situation he now finds himself in is karmic payback. His former team is doing well (partially due to some of the pieces they acquired in the trade) and his new team is so close to the salary cap that they cannot field an entirely competitive team.
I think the Thrashers are a better team without him, and with the teams financial situation I really do not think we could afford to keep him and build a winning team.
I am not one of the folks here that wish him ill, and am pretty disappointed in how the season has started for him. I cannot speak for him in the locker room, and his defensive weaknesses are well known....but he always was a pretty top notch guy in regards to fan interaction and is as good a local citizen as you can ask from a superstar athlete.
Of course a Flyer fan would start a thread like this
Frankly, it's a stupid question. Look at the situation both teams are in (Thrashers and Devils). What Thrasher fan in their right mind would say they want Kovy back? Maybe if they could keep every other piece they gained from the trade, but no way they would go back to Kovy if it meant giving up what have become key pieces of their team.
Saying his career is over as long as he is on the Devils is shortsighted and jealous sounding at best, BTW.
... he left Atlanta to go to a better team, yet the Thrashers are 13 points ahead of the Devils a good portion into the season. I just wonder what all of your thoughts are on him now, if you guys still like him, would you take him back, etc.
Ilya is a good guy and didn't leave the Thrashers for money, but for what he was advised was a chance to be on a better team. One that could win the Cup.
I wish him well in the future, but not this season. It would be sweet to see the Thrashers in the post-season with the Devils looking in from the outside.