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#81 pattyelias

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 11:12 PM

Will be going to game tomorrow.
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Posted 04 February 2010 - 11:13 PM

I will not be able to sleep tonight! Tomorrow night will be insane.
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Posted 04 February 2010 - 11:18 PM

Would rather see ZZPops as Line 1 and then Kovy-Zubrus-Elias as 1A....

I agree, that's a crazy top two lines.
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Posted 04 February 2010 - 11:19 PM

I started cackling like a madman at work when my brother texted me.
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Posted 04 February 2010 - 11:23 PM

great trade short term, but kovy turned down $10Mil per year, this may be a 5 month rental...

Aslong we the CUP comes home that OK w/ me!!!



The money thing is being wrongfully over-blown. Kovalchuk wanted out of Atlanta. Period. I don't think he'll command that type of contract from us, or any other contending team.
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Posted 04 February 2010 - 11:25 PM

Kovalchuk "interacting" with one of our good friends who we will see on Saturday..



I think he will get along just fine in the locker room. Nothing brings people together more than a shared hatred.
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Posted 04 February 2010 - 11:29 PM

I started cackling like a madman at work when my brother texted me.



I was actually dozing off in my chair with the Boston-Montreal game on... during the 1st intermission, I hear Kathryn Tappen (the Host of the Bruins pre and post-game shows and wife of former Devil Jay Leach :P ) say "According to Kevin Allen of USA Today, Ilya Kovalchuk has been traded to the New Jersey Devils". I spazzed up like someone tased me, rewound it to make sure I heard it right, and proceeded to let out a "YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS" that I'm fairly sure woke up my neighbor's infant. :lol:
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Posted 04 February 2010 - 11:30 PM

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 11:30 PM

I agree, that's a crazy top two lines.


Crazy is an understatement. This is a ridiculously potent and BALANCED top 2 lines. I am salivating about the possibilities. A+ for Lou here. He really outdid himself with this whopper of a deal!
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Posted 04 February 2010 - 11:31 PM

Sick trade....sick sick sick!!


Potvin had it all along huh?
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Posted 04 February 2010 - 11:31 PM

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Let the orders begin lol



Already ordered mine BC when the news broke. Lol! Cannot wait to get it.
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Posted 04 February 2010 - 11:34 PM

Can't get enough of this deal. Season's looking brighter and brighter...
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Posted 04 February 2010 - 11:50 PM

Love it. Way to go Lou. Too bad he couldn't make it Mottau instead of Johnny.

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 11:54 PM

THIS IS FRIGGIN INSANE!!!! I LOVE IT!!! KOOL-AID FOR EVERYONE!!! We always say c'mon lou, well as always in the clutch lou delivered!!! GOD THIS IS GREAT!!!
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Posted 04 February 2010 - 11:54 PM

POTVIN RULES!
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Posted 04 February 2010 - 11:58 PM

I got a text at the rink that we landed Kovy and I was soooooooo nervous about what we gave up but seeing the return, I couldn't be happier. After 1.5 years of being a disaster, Oduya turned into a nice player but I didn't like his contract and regardless of Cormiers potential, that elbow really turned me off to him. Bergfors is a nice piece for Atlanta, but we are just so deep at wing that I don't think it matters short term or long term.
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Posted 04 February 2010 - 11:58 PM

Love it. Way to go Lou. Too bad he couldn't make it Mottau instead of Johnny.

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Posted 05 February 2010 - 12:13 AM

I think you are selling Atlanta short as a market. When the team was competitive they drew pretty well. However, season after season of mediocrity will kill attendance. Atlanta is suffering from losing fatigue. That has as much to do with Waddell as anyone else. Even after this trade I don't see a path to success for the team.


Based on what I've seen, I think there are some good fans there but how can a struggling franchise survive unless this deal turns out better than it looks? Lou robbed Waddell blind. The rationale for why the Thrash did it is understandable. Kovalchuk screwed them. So, he took what he thought was the best package. Oduya maybe needed a change due to the contract. Stick him on a revamped blueline that includes Enstrom, Bogosian, Kubina and Hainsey and that's not bad. Bergfors who knows. Cormier better pan out and overcome the lack of discipline. The Thrash boast some solid players up front (Peverley, Little, Antropov, Max, Armstrong) including cornerstone Evander Kane, who's going to be a big time player. But the goaltending is still a question mark.

For the Devils, it's a no-brainer. Nothing of substance was given up. Plus they get Martin back and Clarkson. Kovalchuk changes the dynamic. Maybe they just decided they'll outscore the Caps. Kinda weird for a team that prides itself on D which to be honest, is weakened. It's going to be weird to see Kovalchuk as a Devil because I can't picture a floater like him playing for Lemaire. How's that going to work? This is the same guy Chico trashed during a Devils' come from behind road win over Atlanta after he made no attempt in the neutral zone and McAmmond potted the winner. Even Mogilny knew where the defensive end was. And this deal is similar. There certainly should be a lot of incentive. Cup. Big contract. Are the Devils as comprised good enough to win it all?
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Posted 05 February 2010 - 12:24 AM

lol Well i can't wait to do my roster update on NHL10 now hahaha
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Posted 05 February 2010 - 12:53 AM

I have to say, I was pretty stoked to hear about this!
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