Show me the direct quote/article you got this from please
i am afraid you will have to take my word on this and you can choose to or not. I am not asking for a flame war or anything like that. i think you know and others will tell you that I don't pull these things out of my ass.
the real reason they were so pissed about the kovalchuk contract wasn't because of the cap circumvention (although that didn't help). it was that they knew HE couldn't afford to pay it. he has leveraged just about everything he can to continue his ownership of this team.
he is not financially stable and, at times, may have used the team as his own piggy bank to continue to lead his wall street level life while his wealth - which much of was paper wealth in the form of lehman stock - has plummeted.
the league doesn't need ownership like this and bankruptcy is a huge black eye on the NHL. he's almost certainly headed that way. he could have gotten out without that had he not insisted on trying to keep his majority ownership even though he didn't have the money to justify it.
you're supposedly in the know - i'm surprised this isn't something you've heard.
"This team was never the same once we lost Patrik Sundstrom"- Lou Lamoriello
“They’re the ones that makes it happen,” Lemaire said. “It’s not us. It’s not me. It’s not the other guy. It’s not the guy before. It’s not the guy after. It’s them. And they have to take care of business.”
"I guess I just miss my friend" (#28)