I was being completely serious. I do think bringing back Kovalchuk is a possibility and if he can, which he will, help us in 5 years I don't think Lou would mind bringing him back. If you read Lou's comments basically admits right now its impossible but "hey in 5 years it would a viable option potientally"
As I understand how it works, there are a few problems with this scenario. One option is that he can come back immediately with approval of all owners, which is not happening. Otherwise, he can come back without approval if he isn't playing hockey anywhere for a year. While no one knows exactly how Kovy's KHL contract works, he would be leaving a lot of money on the table in all likeilhood. After five years, I believe he becomes a UFA for NHL purposes. How good he is by then is anyone's guess.
The other thing that complicates the whole thing is that the NHL by-laws (and not the CBA) govern how a "retired" player can return. The by-laws provide that the Commissioner is ultimately the final arbiter of how they're to be interpreted. This could work to the Devils' advantage (assuming they want Kovy back) if Bettman wants to be a "nice guy", but it's much more likely he'll take a hard line. This could definitely come into play when deciding what it means for Kovy to have not been playing hockey for one year. If he's injured, doesn't play in any games, but is still getting paid, it's essentially Bettman's call whether approval of all other owners is needed.
I think there was kernel of truth to the Kovy returning rumors. My guess is that his camp put out feelers to Lou, Harris and the league about what it would take and how much the rules could be bent. In the end, someone who could put the kibosh on it told him to pound sand, or at least told him he has to not play for one year. But the bottom line is that Kovy will only be wearing a Devils jersey again in his man cave.
I collect spores, molds and fungus.
Hello fellow American. This you should vote me. I leave power. Good. Thank you, thank you. If you vote me, I'm hot. What? Taxes, they'll be lower... son. The Democratic vote is the right thing to do Philadelphia, so do.
How do you spot risk? How do you avoid risk? And what makes it so risky?