Kovalchuk is staying with the Devils. He’s got a 17 year contract, but we know they don’t expect him to be playing when he’s 44. The Devils just want the annual cap hit to be as low as possible.
Kings fans are surely upset that they can’t order the Kings Kovalchuk jersey they wanted, but they should think about what the signing might have done to the cap space when the young players’ contracts (including Drew Doughty) need to be resigned. The Kings definitely need a bit more power up front and Kovalchuk would have been that. But at what cost? I believe there are other options out there that wouldn’t tie up as much of the Kings’ cap space and may ultimately be a better fit for the team.
Dean Lombardi tried to get Kovalchuk for the Kings, but was unwilling to sacrifice his team’s future for a quick fix. He’s been building this team properly and Kings fans should be happy Lombardi cares enough to spend the time.
It’s good to have the Kovalchuk situation over so everyone can move on to other things. Think of all the time Kovalchuk has given the people who were on full time Kovalchuk rumor watch. I can’t even count the tweets I’ve seen go by in TweetDeck about him this last week. Now, all those tweets can be about other free agents and random rumors.
Enjoy your Kovalchuk-free time, hockey fans!
Tags: contract, Dean Lombardi, Devils, Drew Doughty, Hockey, Ilya Kovalchuk, Kings, NHL, rumors, salary cap
I’m a big fan of the NHL in HD and although I don’t think Versus covers the games as well as ESPN did or as NBC, CBC, TSN, MSG, or most of the FSN & other sports stations that air NHL games, I love the fact that Versus has the games they show on in HD – every single one of them. Between them, NBC, the NHL Network, and Center Ice’s HD channel, there’s almost always a game on in HD.
That being said, I thought it was pretty sad that the only HD game (in fact, the only game) in the NHL today was the last place teams of each conference (Colorado Avalanche at New York Islanders). I’m sure when Versus picked this game for national coverage they never imagined it would be the two last place teams against each other. However, it seems like they might want to consider NBC’s way of choosing what games they’re going to put on national TV. I’ll watch almost any hockey game, but even I didn’t actually care about today’s game.
The Islanders are still 10 points behind the Avalanche after tonight’s game and seem to have last place in the NHL sewn up, since they’re also 5 points behind the Atlanta Thrashers.
It’s still a very tight competition in the western conference this season. The last place Avs are only 10 points behind the 8th place Ducks, though they are the only team in the conference that’s played as many games as the Ducks so far this season.
Clearly, the next couple days will be exciting. It’s always interesting at this time of the season and the crazy rumors seem to be flying around as usual. Every fan wants to believe their team can end up getting that essential player without giving up anyone important, but we all know that’s not how it works.
Enjoy the trade deadline madness.
Tags: Avalanche, CBC, Ducks, FSN, HD, Hockey, Islanders, MSG, NBC, NHL, rumors, Thrashers, trade deadline, TSN, Versus