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    Quote Originally Posted by jerseydevil View Post
    So make up your mind here Kings fans...are you laughing at the Devils/Lou, or are you pissed that they got off so easy. Personally, I am over it already. Like Lou said earlier 'I have been at this too long to be surprised by anything'. According to a TON of pages worth of comments you guys all think we got f'd on the deal originally...so in reality its Teflon Lou all over again. I know that Rangers/Canucks fans are kicking themselves that they didn't overpay homesick Russians.
    My mind was made up long ago. I never had any hate for the Devils. Outside of a couple of drunk idiots, their fans were very cool during games 1 and 2 last year.

    On a more personal note, glad to see you in a hockey post. You have been missed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kubrick View Post
    The reality is the Devils just got sucked deeper into the black-hole. Not enough talent to win now or in the near future and no high first round draft pick next year to help set the future course of the franchise.

    Elias-Zajac-XXXX
    Clowe-Henrique-Ryder
    XXXXX-Loktionov-Zubrus
    Olesz-Carter-Bernier


    Bryce Salvador / Marek Zidlicky
    Andy Greene / Adam Larsson
    Anton Volchenkov / Mark Fayne
    Peter Harrold

    Marty
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    Lou is a genius. Smartest GM in the NHL. No question. But that is not anywhere close to being a playoff team. Does Lou have it in him to rebuild at this point in his career? Doubtful.
    Ouch, that's a team that is going to have to win games on goaltending and defense. At this point, I don't think Marty can steal that many games. They are basically going to ice a 2nd line, two 3rd lines, and a 4th...

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    So.... when does Luongo retire?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drunken Crunker View Post
    So.... when does Luongo retire?
    When Lou tells him too?

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    Kovalchuk infiltrates NJ. Costs team Parise, 1st-round pick, destroys cap. Best Russian subterfuge since the cook in Hunt For Red October.
    Lou Lamoriello doesn't make a salary dump, son, without a plan.
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    Default Kovalchuk announces retirement

    Hahahaha ha
    So Kovy take the front loaded part of his contract and takes off.... I mean retires
    Now he is going to get paid even more $$$$ on KHL. I don't believe the "family" BS. He has always been about $$$$$$ and always will be . Great goal scorer but probably the most selfish player the NHL has ever had
    See ya and wouldn't want to be ya
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    I'd give my left nut to be Kovalchuck. Do you know how much beer that guy could buy!?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by STUPS View Post
    Great goal scorer but probably the most selfish player the NHL has ever had
    See ya and wouldn't want to be ya
    Nope. Jason Allison was way more selfish on the ice.
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    Default Not sure how much weight to give it, but interesting article nonetheless.

    Michelle Kenneth, InsideHockey.com (7/12/13)
    At the end of the season, with the Devils knocked out of playoff contention, I waited until all of the reporters were finished interviewing him. He saw me waiting patiently to talk to him as a Russian reporter approached, trying to interview him. He turned to the reporter and told him he had to wait. I went up to him and asked the most important question: “Are you planning on re-signing with the Devils?”

    It was right then and there that he told me he would. He also told me how he would play out Free Agency. He would go into free agency and listen to other team offers, but he would ultimately sign with the Devils (that is, if the Devils wanted him).

    The important thing here is that he remembered he told me after that last game of the season. He waited for me to print it. I never printed it. His agent contacted me that June and said that Kovalchuk had told me what he was doing in free agency. Why hadn’t I printed it yet?

    I needed guarantees that Kovalchuk would not do what other players are known to do… they say one thing and circumstances change so they decide to go with another team. I needed a guarantee that Kovalchuk was not lying to me. I would not print it unless I had the guarantee and promise that he would not lie to me. It was my reputation at stake, not Kovalchuk’s.

    Jay Grossman’s response to me was, “If he told you he was signing with the Devils, that is what he’s going to do.”
    For me, there’s that part betrayal where I received guarantees he would not lie to me. Fact is, he never did. He was always truthful about everything. He prepared me over these years that this could happen. The only groups he lied to were the Devils and their fans. He broke his word that he was a Devil for life. He broke his bond with them. He lied when he said he would end his hockey career with the Devils…that was why he signed a long-term contract.

    In essence, to the Devils, he was not true to his word, and that makes him less of the good man I believed he was. He broke one of the most important things about him that I needed a guarantee on. He only gave the guarantee to me that he would not lie to me. That guarantee did not extend to the Devils.
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