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  1. Protecting the net, yeah. Leg pads don't need to be 12" wide to protect the player.
  2. I don't think the drop from $6.5 million to $1.5 million in 2 years is allowed, but other than that it's what I'd expect his next contract to look like. It's no more egregious than the other retirement contracts that have been accepted. He does have a higher top salary than the other contracts, so the difference from high to low is greater, but it's still consistent with the salaries of players at that age. Nobody expects Kovalchuk to be superman when he's 40 years old, so he'd be paid like any of the other guys who last until they're 40. The NHL "investigating" those other contracts could be an issue. They need to hurry up with those investigations, because the Devils need to know what is allowed.
  3. My guess all along had been that Lou had a 15 year contract negotiated and ready to be signed if they lost the arbitration (which I figured would happen). If that doesn't happen soon, I'll start to question whether Lou actually wants Kovalchuk (at least at a price that Kovalchuk would be willing to live with). And if the NHL is really seriously investigating the other front-loaded contracts, Lou might have screwed himself out of the opportunity to slip one in under the acceptable limit. 44 was clearly too far, but 42 wasn't too far. Now 42 might even be too far. But if the NHL tries to do that, this could end up in a real court.
  4. But if he's traded it goes against the receiving team's salary cap, right? He would be very appealing to a team that wants to stay above the salary floor, save a ton of money and get a veteran defenseman for a year. One team uses him while his cap hit is lower than it should be, another team uses him when it's higher than it should be. It's twice as bad! (not really, but it's still at least kind of bad)
  5. I was sitting next to my wife, and I calmly said "why do people post this crap?" when I read the thread title, because I knew it was a lame joke.
  6. http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=5363951 Looks like Out: July 4 In: July 7 Out: July 8 In: July 11? http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/nhl/news/story?id=5372277
  7. They're submitting them to an arbitrator who will decide which arbitrator they should use.
  8. Could you add the dates the Kings dropped out, got back in, dropped out, and got back in?
  9. Could someone post a link to that picture of the ESPN poll on whether the NHL was right to reject the contract? I can't find it.
  10. Devils get a judge to issue an injunction to force the NHL to let Kovalchuk play, NHL refuses to officiate Devils games, bring in replacement officials.
  11. Gordie Howe played until he was 52. Kovalchuk's contract is obviously unbelievable because no one thinks he's going to want to play for $500k when he has tens of millions in the bank. I don't believe it either, nor do I believe it with the other long contracts that have been accepted. Some athletes will play as long as they can, or as long as they think they can win, for love of the game. It's impossible to know when Kovalchuk is 27 whether he'll be one of those players. I hope this ends soon.
  12. Come on man. Lou isn't being quiet about this because he doesn't want the fans to know what's going on, he's being quiet because he doesn't want to give other teams information that could be useful to them. What does their marketing activities have to do with the Kovalchuk deal? Do you think Lou is writing those letters to you personally? I can't believe people are actually making decisions about tickets based on whether or not the Devils sign Kovalchuk. WTF kind of fan would do that? Not a very good one. The Devils will be a great team with or without Kovalchuk, and they're capable of winning another cup with or without Kovalchuk. If you're getting butt hurt because you grew attached to a guy we had for a couple of months, you're a terrible fan.
  13. Some of you guys are pathetic. Bunch of whiners and pessimists.
  14. Frozen for me. Comcast near Hillsborough, NJ. Edit: Wow, I joined here 5 years ago and this is my third post. Did you all miss me?
  15. You're my new hero.