For those at work:
"We thought our soft deadline was sept. 15 when camp opened." (laughs) We didn't expect that it would play out this long. It was a complicated situation. There were numerous options..coming from numerous different options/teams. Kovy's objective was to get all the deals in front of him and then make a decision. Kovy was calm throughout the whole process.
Grossman wouldn't get into how much the contract was for.
He did say however that it was a long contract. Said Ilya felt he was in a unique position. He said it was a motivating experience for Kovy and his experience with the Devils was great - Even though there was a coach change, he loved Lemaire and Lou.
He said, "It served us well to be silent in the process because things could be misconstrued." He said that when he tweeted for the first time that Kovy would decide, he really believed he was about to decide but then Kovy said, "Let's take a step back here."
About NJ Grossman said that NJ remained absolutely steadfast in their interest and their approach remained the same. They were patient and great to deal with. Lou was always able to call at the right time and say the right thing.
He said that the offer from the KHL was seriously considered - it was for a "short term and was for an unbelievable amount of money"
Grossman then mentioned that Kovy wanted to "print his boots into one location" and compared the contract to Sergei Federov's old contract
Edited by ben00rs, 19 July 2010 - 03:59 PM.