Triumph

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  1. She was definitely better than Chorske, and probably better than Velischek. Also for good female color commentators, I think Jessica Mendoza is quite good on Sunday Night Baseball. She's a hell of a lot better than Joe Morgan was.
  2. I liked Sherry, disappointed about this.
  3. We stole it from them.
  4. In basketball you just don't have that many tradeable assets. Rosters have 12 players and the draft is 2 rounds long, and the 2nd round really isn't that important. If you want to improve your team quickly there's not much else you can trade than future 1st rounders. That said, everyone derided the Nets' trades at the time and they were quite stupid. They wanted to make a splash when they got to Brooklyn and they were not successful in doing so and now they will be awful for a while.
  5. Yeah, sorry, I'm not going to pretend my opinion on him is different just on the extreme off-chance that someone in the media or in a front office reads my opinion and trusts it. Chris Johnston is actually a good reporter and knows his stuff - anyone who knows their stuff should be a little skeptical of Kovalchuk.
  6. I think LA offered him something like 12-60 or maybe it was 15-75, but either way it was way short of the dollars he was looking for. Vanderbeek was bidding against Russia who was definitely still in there.
  7. The Rangers are a team the Devils will be competing against both next year and in subsequent years, as Lundqvist begins to decline and their prospect pool runs dry. They would need to pay a premium.
  8. Basically a no-Rangers poison pill if for some reason there's a cockmamie trade scheme worked out where Team X pretends they're Kovalchuk's ultimate destination but aren't.
  9. The other option is a huge conditional deal. So let's say he goes to a Cup contender, the deal could be something like - 2018 2nd, with all of these being in addition to that pick, and all the conditionals being contingent on Kovalchuk playing half the games involved IF: That team trades Kovalchuk in 2018, the Devils get a 3rd in 2018 or 2019. If they trade Kovalchuk before January 1, 2018: the Devils get a 1st round pick in 2018 IF: That team wins a playoff round, 2018 4th IF: They win 2 playoff rounds, 2018 3rd IF: They win 3 playoff rounds: 2019 2nd IF They win the Stanley Cup: 2018 1st
  10. Grossman's going to walk back to Shero with one deal, and then Shero's going to try to work out the sign-and-trade terms with that team. I assume that Shero gave Grossman some idea what he wants in a deal so that team is not operating in the dark when they go to negotiate the trade. That's why I keep circling back to a 2nd round pick as the likely basis for a deal.
  11. lol okay. I'm done with this.
  12. You don't even have to cherry pick results, really, but all these examples are decently illustrative. The fact is, if you had asked someone 4 years ago, 'What if I told you that in 4 years, Ilya Kovalchuk will not have led the KHL in goals or points in a season, and never missed more than a half a season due to injury', the Kovalchuk backers here would say, no, that's insane. I would've said that's insane - I assumed he would crush that league because why wouldn't he? And yet here we are - not only has he never finished 1st in goal scoring, he's never even finished 2nd, either. A player who finished top 10 in the NHL in goals 7 straight years.
  13. Well good job clarifying in this post. Your point was not at all clear because 2013 Kovalchuk was under NHL contract, and you should've clarified that you meant that 2013 Kovalchuk in this unusual situation would be worth more than a 2nd round pick. I'm about to blow your mind: I agree with that. The trouble with your point is that it isn't 2013, it's 2017, and the player in question has been out of the NHL for 4 years now with less than spectacular results. Note that I don't think a 2nd round pick is the upper bound on his value - I could see trades that are a 2nd round pick and some salary dump, or a B-grade prospect, or a 3rd round pick, or maybe some sort of conditional pick situation where the Devils get a 1st in certain scenarios. But the Devils are very limited with what they can bring back for this guy given the uncertainty involved.
  14. No he wouldn't. He was signed to a huge contract. Even if you ignore the cap recapture that would've come with that deal, he was untradeable with 12 years left on his contract.
  15. No one's saying Kovalchuk isn't still good, but the reason I don't want Kovalchuk is the same reason I wouldn't want the Devils to sign Jagr, even though I think Jagr is still a top-line player. It just doesn't make sense for NJ to do so with where they are in this rebuild, And the choice isn't between having Kovalchuk and not having him, it's theoretically between having him, and having an asset for having traded him.