Kovalchuk wants to play for at least $10 million a year for seven or eight years. That's the bottom line. By Lombardi's own words, the Kings were not even close to offering a contract like that. There's no way at this point either Lombardi suddenly changes his philosophy or that Kovalchuk decides its okay to play for 15 years to get the same 80 million he wants in 8 years.
The only real unknown here is the bare minimum needed to modify the contract so that the NHL will accept the updated offer. NJ will increase the cap hit a little and Kovalchuk will accept a few years less with money moved around here and there to get close to what he wanted in the first place.
The Kings being 'interested' is pretty funny.. I am sure they are interested, but no way Kovalchuk or Grossman would be.
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As far as Lou's firing, Lou was not driving the bus on this so it would be pretty ****ed up if the owner fired him for implementing his own agenda, which Lou apparently did not even agree with. Not to say that it wouldn't happen.
for some of you characters (LOL)!, still clinging to the idea of Kovalchuklehead in a Kings jersey, i remind you...
i personally would have walked away from this idea 19 days ago.the fact that Ilya Kovalchuk ACTUALLY appears to be honestly entertaining the Islanders' offer should be reason alone for Dean Lombardi to just walk away from this idea altogether.
the best team that can possibly tender him an offer has, so if he decides to play with teh Wang, we should all breathe a HUGE sigh of relief... this decision should have been a complete no-brainer for him, and his reluctance, REGARDLESS of any reason the best of you apologists can posit would have already garnered a F*** OFF! from me.
Last edited by gescom; July 22nd, 2010 at 11:38 AM.