Posted 03 August 2012 - 06:16 AM
The Devils have fvck-all for prospects right now. I think people forget that Kovalchuk was a rental - it was far from a foregone conclusion that he would stay. Not only was Kovalchuk a rental, but he was rented back when the salary cap meant something, and there were a lot of teams wary of taking on a player like that. That drove his cost down. If Iginla were suddenly being sold, the price would be much higher for him than it was for Kovalchuk, even though that wouldn't appear to make sense on its face.
Furthermore, the idea that Atlanta was hoodwinked into taking Bergfors - Bergfors put up some solid numbers in the minors, no one confused him for a star, but it feels like the reason he's not in the NHL right now has more to do with things outside his on-ice play.
I think a lot of people do remember that Kovy was likely to be a rental, especially when $100 million was continually being mentioned before free agency started. Almost no expected Lou and the Devils to spend that kind of money...even now it still blows me away that they did it.
Re: Bergfors, I think the problem with Atlanta wasn't so much that they were "hoodwinked", I think it's more that they WERE thinking (or at least strongly hoping) that Bergfors could become a borderline star...though he did tail off with the Devils just before he was moved, he was having a very good rookie season...I'm sure Atlanta was looking at his production and thinking "He will only get better from here." The fact that he went on that nice little goal-scoring run right after going to the Thrashers probably solidified that belief. When that season ended, he had popped in 21 goals and added 23 assists in 81 GP...at that point, the Thrashers surely knew they didn't have a direct Kovalchuk replacement, but probably thought they had the beginnings of a solid player who could be counted on to provide some offense. I agree with you in that something happened with this guy that clearly turned teams off...he went from a guy getting 14-16 minutes of ice time a game who was showing promise to a guy who was moved twice, saw his ice time drop to 8 minutes a game with his final team, and was never given another shot. I didn't see him play with the Thrashers, Panthers, and Predators to see why it all crashed and burned so quickly, but clearly SOMETHING went horribly wrong with Bergfors for every NHL team to not want anything to do with him after the Predators put him on waivers. And yeah, though his on-ice play had obviously dropped from that 21 goal-23 assist campaign, pretty amazing that no one took a "What the hell, why not, won't cost us anything" approach with him. I'm guessing word got around that he had a lousy attitude, no work ethic, or both.
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