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New Kovy Update ("As the Kovy Turns")

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Assuming the #'s aren't crazy, and there is no reason to believe they will be, Lombardi did do a great job from a negotiating perspective. No arguments there. I just could have done without all the public nonsense. Maybe it's just from being a fan of the Devils but I just don't care for all the back and forth through the press. To me it's in poor taste but then again maybe I'm just being a little bitter about the whole thing because I really wanted him to stay.As for the team as it stands now, yeah they're probably better off then at the start of last year but I don't know. I just see year older players and too much hope being pinned on these youngsters (that's even if they get a legit shot) Maybe Kovalchuk didn't fit perfectly here but the Devils will certainly feel his loss considering what he'll provide over the course of the year. This could be a difficult year.

The team is better than the one we started with last year but we certainly need some more help in many positions.

Offense

Parise-Zajac-Langs

Elias--Arnot--Zubrus/Rolston/Zharkov

Clarky--Josefson/UFA center--Rolston/Zharkov/Tedenby

PL3--Pelley--Zharkov/Tedenby

Defense

Volchenkov--PMD

Greene--White

Tallinder--Urbom-Salvy

IMO we cant put Rolston or Zharkov on the second line and Zubrus is a risky choice.

First pairring can't be Volchie and White,Talinder or Salvador since it would make a immobile pair.

Make a package with Salvador and try to trade for a puck moving D.

Sign Frolov

Trade Rolston for Souray if Salvador cant be traded for something descent.

Edited by SS-SS

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Well, it saddens me he really wants to play for LA. Can't be mad at the the guy for wanting what he wants but still, wish he wanted to be a Devil. I agree. This isn't a Stanley Cup Team as it stands now without Kovy. Rolston will simply get beat on the boards and when he does get a slap shot it will hit the glass above the goal. I wouldn't be at all crabby about him if his contract wasn't so awful.

Having no Kovy will at least give us some wiggle room with the cap. We'll be competitive this year, probably make the playoffs and totally be out in the first round again if the status remains the same. Some awful contracts, Marty on his last legs, and a lack of some scoring is what our problem is.

I just hope this drama ends sooner than later, either way. Im tired of checking NHL.com and other sites daily.

Scoops

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I can't see who could be moved so he could be a devil and if he does get here how much cap will the Devs have to sign parise

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From nhl.com

" If the Kings are finally able to land Kovalchuk, who has 338 goals in 621 NHL games, they would instantly become Stanley Cup contenders. "

Hahaha this is just hilarious. I mean he is high a end player,but is not like if any team get him, the team would magicaly became a strong contender for the cup.

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from what I saw of the Kings against the Canucks, they're not nearly ready yet. adding Kovalchuk will not help them in the areas they got ripped to shreds in.

this guy is not Crosby or Ovechkin, and one of the two still hasn't won anything yet.

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I fail to see, without moves, how New Jersey will be able to inject youth up front. To me it looks like there will be a battle for one spot in the top 9 between Zharkov/Vasyunov/Tedenby/Josefson/Palmieri/Henrique. I doubt we would waste any of those players on the 4th line for a full season.

Parise-Zajac-Langenbrunner

Elias-Arnott-Clarkson

Zubrus/Rolston/Youth

Plug/Plug/Plug

Feel free to change the players playing RW on the top two lines.

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I fail to see, without moves, how New Jersey will be able to inject youth up front. To me it looks like there will be a battle for one spot in the top 9 between Zharkov/Vasyunov/Tedenby/Josefson/Palmieri/Henrique. I doubt we would waste any of those players on the 4th line for a full season.

Parise-Zajac-Langenbrunner

Elias-Arnott-Clarkson

Zubrus/Rolston/Youth

Plug/Plug/Plug

Feel free to change the players playing RW on the top two lines.

why would Rolston play C, and why wouldn't Zubrus be a top 6 RW instead of Clarkson? anybody that watched the tape could see Zubrus played well with Parise and Zajac. unfortunately, the coach wasn't one of those people.

Clarkson is an awful fit with Arnott and Elias. Arnott's role is clearing space and Elias gives the puck up to other players too easily. Clarkson is incapable of giving the puck back to forwards.

if it comes to the point that no kid can play 3rd line C, they're going to have to put Zubrus there or get one. Rolston isn't an option. All you can do with him at this point is challenge him not to be a pansy (and this didn't work with Sutter), and line him up on the point on the PP and hope he's lucky.

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I fail to see, without moves, how New Jersey will be able to inject youth up front. To me it looks like there will be a battle for one spot in the top 9 between Zharkov/Vasyunov/Tedenby/Josefson/Palmieri/Henrique. I doubt we would waste any of those players on the 4th line for a full season.Parise-Zajac-LangenbrunnerElias-Arnott-ClarksonZubrus/Rolston/YouthPlug/Plug/PlugFeel free to change the players playing RW on the top two lines.

Can't put Clarkson on the second. :blink:

Buttt can't put Rolston up there either.

Zubrus:O.K but I don't see him playing like he played in the Playoffs all year long

Conclusion:We need to find a second line winger from outside the organization.I say Frolov. (my opinion)

Same thing for the Defense.

The way I see it right now is that if the roster stays as like that we are going to play a complete copy of the 2009-2010 season and PLAYOFFS.

Edited by SS-SS

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If we're frustrated, imagine what other GMs are that are pretty much handcuffed by this whole ordeal.

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why?! not meaning to single you out, becase there are many that feel this way on this board. but again - why?! he's a great player that has earned the right to go where he wants. he very much wants to go to LA and wants as much money as he can. fine.

Im just saying if he really wanted to be in LA would waste Lou and Co. time we could have set our priorities elsewhere. It obvious that he wanted to be in LA no matter what. Why listen to our offer when he clearly had his mind set and was pre determined on where he was going to go. Im just saying its valuable time that is wasted

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why would Rolston play C, and why wouldn't Zubrus be a top 6 RW instead of Clarkson? anybody that watched the tape could see Zubrus played well with Parise and Zajac. unfortunately, the coach wasn't one of those people.

That's a line that I'm hoping gets reunited. A major knock against it last year was that it wasted a center, with Zajac and Zubrus playing together...but now with Arnott we can get away with that.

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I don't understand how he passes up on a proven team to a team that may or may not make the playoffs, but whatever.

I concur.

What about this [Kool-aid induced] scenario that keeps Kovy in NJ:

funny. koolaid.gif

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From nhl.com

" If the Kings are finally able to land Kovalchuk, who has 338 goals in 621 NHL games, they would instantly become Stanley Cup contenders. "

Hahaha this is just hilarious. I mean he is high a end player,but is not like if any team get him, the team would magicaly became a strong contender for the cup.

Agreed. If anything the Kings take several steps backward, because Kovy doesn't play a the type of TEAM oriented game that Murray has built in LA.

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The team is better than the one we started with last year but we certainly need some more help in many positions.

We are a much BETTER TEAM without Kovy.

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We get it Kovy...you'd rather contract syphilis, gonohrrea, and clymidia than play for the Devils. Lou, just pull the damn offer already. He's not worth anything near what he's asking for anyway.

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Im just saying if he really wanted to be in LA would waste Lou and Co. time we could have set our priorities elsewhere. It obvious that he wanted to be in LA no matter what. Why listen to our offer when he clearly had his mind set and was pre determined on where he was going to go. Im just saying its valuable time that is wasted

What could the Devils have done with that time? Chasing Kovalchuk sure means the Devs have been as active in looking for ways to clear up cap space....which they still have to do (if you believe they're not done yet), so what did we miss out on??

Love it! If L.L hadn't tried we'd be whining about it, he did try, still whining fans

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From nhl.com

" If the Kings are finally able to land Kovalchuk, who has 338 goals in 621 NHL games, they would instantly become Stanley Cup contenders. "

Hahaha this is just hilarious. I mean he is high a end player,but is not like if any team get him, the team would magicaly became a strong contender for the cup.

The Kings had a very good, upside year and are only getting better. lots of good young players on defense offense and goaltending... I believe Kovalchuk would definitley help them compete and become true playoff contenders!

from what I saw of the Kings against the Canucks, they're not nearly ready yet. adding Kovalchuk will not help them in the areas they got ripped to shreds in.

this guy is not Crosby or Ovechkin, and one of the two still hasn't won anything yet.

Then why does he want crosby or ovechkin money? (10 million a year) ..... I agree with you he is not crosby or ovechkin which is why he is being greedy demanding such a high contract.

We are a much BETTER TEAM without Kovy.

I think we can be. If we couldve kept Kovalchuk it wouldve been great, but we are probably better off. Just very dissapoited in losing so much for basically nothing but another first round exit!

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i can't wait to see his face if he goes to the kings and misses the playoffs.

Would it be the same face as making the playoffs and losing in the first round?

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Would it be the same face as making the playoffs and losing in the first round?

Slightly different face.

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it's not a real possibility, it's the new york media trying to create it from thin air and force rags' hands to try to get in on it.

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I look at Kovalchuk as a luxury. We don't need him as much as we need an offensive threat from the blue line. However, I think a lot of people are underestimating the Kings even without Kovalchuk. They have the best chance at being the next Blackhawks, as in a team that has a huge turn around from worst to best in about a 3 - 4 year period.

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