Kovalchuk got what he wanted - $100M. simple as that. DL wasn't going to give it to him. if NJ didn't give it to him he'd be in Russia.
that should be the story.
in the end, a guy that scores goals but has won exactly one playoff game took NJ for $100M so they can go out in the first round for a couple of more years, watch their HOF goalie retire and possibly lose their best player (Parise) because they are in cap hell.
DL played it right - and the next time Hradek says something intelligent about hockey will be his first.
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And just because your friend told you he is a good guy you shouldn't ask hard questions? really? when you are about to fork out $80M?
And when you are on the receiving end you find it a "bit" of a turn off and walk away?
I guarantee you if the Devils had offered the exact same numbers to IK he would be a King.
It is not about Lombardi and his questions, you think Lombardi was gonna be here for the whole 15 years? silly way to look at things. You think Grossman was gonna let IK walk away from the Kings if no other team was offering anything close to $80M just because IK didn't like Lombardi
s questions or questioning style?
$20M is the reason and maybe Lombardi could smell that a mile away. I don't fully blame IK for choosing the Devils but coming up with that nonsense after the fact is just flat out silly
The Cap era is indeed a new era, most are still trying to figure how to win and doing it year after year. Chicago just won and they had to let go of an interesting amount of players. Will see how they manage next season, but would you consider them favorites as of right now to repeat or even make the playoffs?
Maybe Lombardi is onto something and realizes that core and smart money management is the way to go with winning consistently, don't know but certainly I am much happier being a Kings fan than a Rangers fan
The future looks bright and we are indeed a "smart" move or 2 to becoming a true contender.