I wasn't sharing it to make any one giddy. Of course doubt is to be expected, I mean if you are like me you really are having a bit of a hard time with all this winning and consistency. I almost feel like I am doing something wrong or at least unwise to be excited and confident that the Kings are for real.
I humbly shared it to bolster our confidence that the Kings are not asleep or satisfied. Honestly I really don't have a strong opinion regarding Kovy due to my chemistry concerns in my previous post.
Let me just say this as well, my wife didn't tell me this until last night and she has known for over a week. That is how much she thinks of my ability to keep any King related goodies to myself. Well I guess she is right but I am not sharing any controversial secrets Honey. Honest!
I'll be a bit shocked if Atlanta ends up moving him. Unless things have changed dramatically in their attitudes over the last few months, I thought both sides seemed really interested in keeping Kovalchuk in a Thrashers jersey. I'd imagine that feeling has only increased considering their play this year and current position in the East. Still, you always wonder when a deal hasn't gotten done yet, which leads to this kind of speculation.
That said, I'm not at all surprised that the Kings have poked their noses in there. If they weren't talking, they wouldn't be doing their job. Even if they don't want to risk it with Kovy as a rental player, they need to know who's talking to who, and what the asking price (and ultimately the selling price) will be. If for nothing else, they need to be on top of all those negotiations so they can estimate market price for Frolov.
Have you ever guessed somebody's gender wrong? There's no recovering from that. You just gotta move on, cause you ain't wriggling outta nothin'.
"Hey, excuse me, sir?"
"Okay." "Okay, bye... bye, human. Bye person. Nice to meet you, individual."
Why wouldn't Kovi wanna play in LA? Great weather, great city, HUGE Russian community, a young team with a bright future, Olympic team buddy Fro, etc etc
Again, I don't think there's any way DL trades for Kovalchuk...but where's the fun in that?
The other thing is that Kovalchuk OFTEN has played with EXACTLY the SAME spark he's playing with right now...until right around the end of January and beginning of February when he just loses interest (that's how my buddy describes it).
That's the risk you take with Kovalchuk. You give up SO much to get him and you have no idea if he'll maintain this intensity for a full season. The bright side is that that Kings FINALLY have a roster of players who just might be able to keep a guy like him in line. I don't think they could have done it with Heatley but they MIGHT be able to do it with Kovalchuk.
I'm sure Simmonds would be higher than Moller or Teubert, but I wouldn't trade both Brown and Simmonds. That's not to say Kovalchuk isn't "worth" those two, but if I'm DL, he's not worth those two to ME. Why? Because I'd be gutting too much of the team. I would trade one of them but not both so for me, that would be a deal breaker and IMO it would be for DL too.Can't say what Waddell would be thinking but I have to believe Simmonds would be much higher on his list than Moller or Teubert. Additionally with Teubert, how much of a project he may be could make him unattractive to the Thrashers, who are already struggling with their current hulking nasty d-man project in Boris Valabik. I'm just not sure Lombardi would be willing to part with the assets I believe Atlanta will want in return. I also believe that, unlike the Hossa deal, Waddell has a much clearer vision and direction for what he'll want in return with the core he has in place.
So I agree with you that I might not be willing to trade what Atlanta WANTS...but the real question is that if Atlanta is faced with losing him as a UFA or trading him for less than they WANT - it's not really too important what they WANT.
Can Kovy actually sign an extension now with the understanding that he will get traded? What is the rule? The "sign and trade" is a relatively common practice in the NBA, but I never see it done in the NHL. Why not?
just saw Bucci's article...he mentioned Boston as a possible suitor for Kovy. He thinks Wheeler, Rask and a #1 for Kovy would work. I'm not sure, but Brown, Purcell, Moller and a #1 for Kovy and a 3rd liner sounds similar.
he isn't saying he has any info, just saying it might be a good fit for Boston. but interesting to see what others think it will take to get Kovy.