Point about Sundin is that he absolutely screwed the Leafs for totally selfish reasons. I can't imagine that he was too stupid to realize that. That it was for only three months is exactly the point. Just as it would have been no skin off Sundin's back to play in another city for another few months when the team he supposedly loved would be better off in the long run. The same way a guy who you've signed to stick around for a long time, might achave his own selfish reasons to want to play through the life of the deal might not take one for the team.
he screwed the leafs for selfish reasons? get out of here. that's ridiculous. he decided he would rather play in toronto. so when a player won't leave town when he's playing poorly, he's selfish, but also when he won't leave town when he's playing well and it's the team that's poor, he's also selfish? toronto is the one who gave him the no-trade clause, and he exercised his right under the CBA. what he ended up doing the next year was rather selfish and silly, but that's not really germane. the maxim 'do everything to help the team' is a difficult one when you're being asked to help the team by leaving it.
Does Kovy strike me to be like Chelios or Ricky? While I can't speak to Chelios, it's not for nothing that Ricky was for years derided as the greediest player in baseball, just like some folks on certain message boards and in the media seem to describe you know who.
there are 12 different players in the last 30 years who've played a season at the age of 41 or older. while, yes, you almost certainly have to be an exceptional hockey player in your prime to be playing at 41 (and kovalchuk fits into this category), i think it is not something worth worrying about when you sign a player to a deal like this.
Edited by Triumph, 09 July 2010 - 02:49 PM.