Kovalchuk is NOT the King's "girl". he doesn't have a Kings Tattoo on his butt. He's a UFA that has never played here. to equate it to a girlfriend or a wife is nowhere near the right metaphor, and that comparison is what makes me think you are way too emotionally involved. DL has obviously moved onto his next stage of team development where it isn't about getting the tattoo first. If DL has moved on, why can't you?
Kompon gave me the best answer: You build the core of your team, build around a team philosophy then you hope that the core will hold strong through any additions, especially one as big as Kovy, who, with a massive contract and potential Prima Donna status, could derail a team very quickly if he has the wrong attitude.
And this is why DL has been focused on getting guys with warrior and winning mentalities around the initial core of guys. And why people like Smyth, Zus, Williams, Greene, Stoll are so valuable to have on the team. So they could go after a guy like Kovy and feel confident that he'll fit into a strong team identity.
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My perception of the things that went down during the season is that they were pushing Fro so he would WANT to leave, thus unburdening themselves of the publicity of them "dumping" him. DL's comments just furthered that PR stance.
Was it fair? Probably not. But Fro's play had become more and more erratic, to the point that I (a long time Fro supporter) was completely frustrated with him. He was done as a King when he was disiplined in December(?) and he mdidn't respond adequately (IMO).
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Isnt this the point in the plot where Brian Burke swoops in blue tights and Kovalchuk signs with Toronto for 2 million a year?