Posted 16 August 2013 - 08:57 AM
Jesus man... can't we just be fans for 5 minutes? The Devils are the only team to get fined for what everyone else was doing.
Tri is Spock when it comes to matters like this...logic/knowledge first, emotions distant second (if at all)...that being said:
The Devils did it much more brazenly than anyone else. There were twice as minimum salary years in the Kovalchuk contract than in all of the other long-tail contracts combined.
Not to mention all the piper paying that's going to be happening in the latter part of this decade while the Devils skate free of the Kovalchuk mess.
Tri is 100% right on this...especially since Lou was warned about trying to get that first contract (the 17-year one) through. Lou was incredibly arrogant in that regard, and in Lou's case it's almost inexcusable that he acted that way, mostly because he's always had such a good read on what is going on with the NHL...that insight is a lot of the reason he knew he had a shot to win Scott Stevens in the Brendan Shanahan compensation case (league didn't like St. Louis screwing up the NHL salary structure, Lou knew the league wanted to stick it to them). Lou knew the NHL was not a big fan of these thinly-veiled cap circumvention deals and was reaching their breaking point, yet he signs Kovy to one that is clearly the worst example of them all when he's warned not to, then has a press conference to announce it before it's even approved, and in the process, challenges a commissioner who's not exactly known for being a big fan of the Devils brand. I'm not a big fan of Bettman...in fact, I can't stand the fvcker...but in this case, I can see why he was pissed...Lou basically said "Screw you, I'm doing this anyway, what are you going to do it about it?" Well, Lou found out.
And yeah, it is going to be interesting to see how bad these deals all become when there's 5-6 years left on some of them. Losing Kovy was such an epic win for the Devils, it really was.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 16 August 2013 - 08:59 AM.
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