It's simple. First off, 8.8 is the max Kovy would get from anywhere.
Secondly, to say that Parise is a better all-around player doesn't tell the whole story. Teams don't invest their fortunes in hard-work, they invest in talent and hard-work. The level of Kovy's hockey talent is miles above Parise's. You know that if you invest in Kovy you are going to get that talent for seven years. If Parise gets injured he might become half the player he once was. That doesn't happen for a Kovalchuk or a Heatley type player unless the injury is very serious.
Then there is the fact that Parise is going to be a RFA. The Devils will be able to give him the best offer without breaking 8 mill.
Then there's the point that Kovy playing at his worst is still going to register a 40 goal/85 point season. Parise at his worst would be somewhere around 30 goals/ 70 points. That's the difference between a premier NHL player like Parise and a NHL superstar like Kovy.
I say all this and I love ZP9 as a player and a person.
Parise is at least Kovalchuk's equal. The last two seasons, they have the same amount of points. Kovalchuk one more goal, Parise one more assist. Who do you think is better in the other facets of the game? And of course, one of the two doesn't have his universe run through him. Although I know what Triumph thinks about "bonus minutes" and their total lack of meaning.
If you gave me a choice, I take Parise every time. A little risky taking the guy on his upside, rather than the guy where you know what you get, but I don't care.
I don't get that choice. IMO, unless Parise is a champ about this or Lou learns how to write a contract in this environment (you can tell from this cap hit that it's probably a balanced contract, if it's front-loaded, it's a weak frontload like Elias')... Lou's made the choice. You can't have both. You definately can't have all three of Elias/Parise/Kovalchuk, and I think that starts now.
Edited by maxpower, 05 July 2010 - 10:41 PM.