So.... when does Luongo retire?
Lou Lamoriello doesn't make a salary dump, son, without a plan.Kovalchuk infiltrates NJ. Costs team Parise, 1st-round pick, destroys cap. Best Russian subterfuge since the cook in Hunt For Red October.
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
I'd give my left nut to be Kovalchuck. Do you know how much beer that guy could buy!?!
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.