I find the Kovalchuk women's honesty refreshing. We could use more of that in sports rather than the usual, overtired cliches.
Doesn't come off as very classy though, on their part. I'm sure Lou has plenty he could say, but he's not.
Not mad at Kovy, nor was I ever.. really. What I was (and still am a little, to a lesser degree) was sad and disappointed. I was sad Ilya was not honoring his commitment that he agreed on. What I HOPE going forward, is that this whole fiasco will deter GM’s\Owners from wanting to lock-up players for 10+ years. When Kovy signed the 17 year contract to stay in NJ, he was 26 years old. It’s difficult enough for anyone to make that kind of decision to play anywhere, let alone a 26 year old kid. Granted at 26 you are an adult, and obviously capable of making long-term decisions. But I gotta believe this may’ve been a whole lot simpler, if we’re talking about a 6 year deal, instead of a lifetime contract. Imagine how much easier this may have been for Lou (or any GM for that matter) to try and talk Kovy into staying, if there’d have been 2 more years remaining on his contract.. as opposed to 11. Don’t get me wrong, this sucks bigtime! However, as much as I may want to get angry at Kovalchuk, I can’t kill a guy for having a change of heart. --and who the hell knows.. he may one day very well return to this organization.
EDIT: This is a little OT, but whatever. imo, if you have a Kovalchuk jersey, wear it! If you don't want to, that's certainly your right. But if you spent hard earned money on a jersey of a player you thought would spend his whole career here, and you're on the fence.. wear it! When stuff like this happens, it is completely unfair to the fan. (unless they have that type of disposable income to just go buy another jersey) But to a kid that may have saved up for a Kovy jersey.. or got it as a birthday\christmas present, and still may wants wear it to games.. they should be able to wear it without being heckled by drunken a$$hole fans. The Devils\Kovy saga may not have ended well, but for 4 seasons there were happy moments.
Kovy was 27 years old when he signed his mega-deal...may seem like nitpicking, but a fact nonetheless.
In bold: NHL UFAs are now restricted to 7-year deals if they go to another team, and can get an 8-year deal if they stay with their current team. No more 9+ year deals in the NHL.
Your point on the Kovy jersey is a fair one...I would hope Devils fans would understand that buying a jersey for some people is a big deal and a serious financial investment, or might be a gift that means more to them than the name and number on it, and not everyone can just afford to throw out/burn up/trash a jersey to make a statement. The logo on the front is what matters.
I don't know how the Devils could ever welcome Kovy back...I think some fans might be willing to try to understand why he did what he did, but I think he is somewhere between strongly disliked and outright hated by just about ALL of the Devils fanbase. Even though what he did was clearly the right thing for HIM, that doesn't mean the fans will ever forgive and forget. He let a lot of people down...I don't know if he cares about that or not, but he can't possibly be oblivious to that.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 15 July 2013 - 12:13 PM.