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#10061 mouse

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Posted 26 August 2010 - 05:24 PM

http://getrealhockey.blogspot.com/2010/08/devils-in-details.html

As such, it should either be back to the drawing board for both sides, or back to Russia for Kovalchuk. New Jersey really doesn’t need Kovalchuk, and fans don’t need this frustration. By elimination, that makes Kovalchuk Kontinental Hockey League bound. It may not be the best solution, but it is a solution nonetheless. Maybe he can even take the Devils with him and make this the KHL’s problem. Who knows? They might smarten up and realize that 17 years exiled in Siberia, cold as it may be, just might end up feeling a little too much like an eternity.


+ 1. I've always had mixed feelings about Kovy, and the longer this drags on, the more negative I feel. If he's this great, why aren't more teams interested? He's talented, but he wants a historic deal, and he's done nothing to show that he merits it. If he can't renegotiate to something reasonable, maybe we wasted a lot of time and some opportunities to bring in solid role players this offseason, but it's not a catastrophe.

I do disagree with the article blaming the Devils -- the NHL made a bad CBA and did nothing to fix it for years; this is their problem, not ours. We didn't set the NHL back 10 years, their idiocy created a bad situation which they characteristically handled terribly, and now they have to deal with the possibility of one of their bigger names leaving for Russia.

The more serious issue than the immediate future of the Devils is the long term future of the league. We may underestimate the KHL, but it's getting stronger, and unless the NHL can fix some serious problems without a work stoppage, they could become a serious threat. During the lockout, English speaking players discovered they could cope playing in Europe. European players are more and more likely to leave. Jagr was a superstar who chose to play in Russia because they offered to pay more. St. Petersburg is making a run at Kovy, who, unlike Jagr, is in his prime. While only a couple of teams have the resources to give Kovy what he wants, the same is true in most of the European soccer leagues, which have tremendous success. I'm not saying they're better, or that we should abolish the cap, but until we can come up with an effective CBA, we shouldn't be calling the KHL a joke. If they pay better, and we keep alienating fans with stupid decisions and work stoppages, hockey could go across the pond.
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Posted 26 August 2010 - 05:25 PM

I hope the deadline is next week.
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Posted 26 August 2010 - 05:28 PM

the KHL is a joke. there's no way it can operate as a functional league. it's just a plaything. which I guess does mean it has alot in common with some top European soccer teams that were bought by rich people and brought up from nothing.

and IIRC, most of the NA players weren't exactly crazy about their experiences in the RSL. it was just a means to an end.
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Posted 26 August 2010 - 05:44 PM

Looks like tomorrow is the deadline: http://sports.yahoo...._medium=twitter

This morning, Kovalchuk's Russian agent Yuri Nikolaev confirmed to Pavel Lysenkov of Sovetsky Sport that he indeed spoke with KHL's SKA. While Nikolaev refused to comment further, he did say that Friday is the day when the decision is made.


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Posted 26 August 2010 - 05:46 PM

Looks like tomorrow is the deadline: http://sports.yahoo...._medium=twitter


Bye Kovy. No way a deal will get done by then.
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Posted 26 August 2010 - 05:47 PM

The Devils should just sue everybody :lol:


Why they are part of the problem!!!
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Posted 26 August 2010 - 05:51 PM

captain america might be on the move to toronto to free up space for kovy

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Can the Devils' captain, Jamie Langenbrunner, be on the way out to accommodate Kovalchuk's contract? Some sources think he could land in Toronto. More on this soon.

Maybe the captain will stay and Bryce Salvador is on his way to Dallas


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Posted 26 August 2010 - 05:57 PM

Bye Kovy. No way a deal will get done by then.


huh? how many deals get done on july 1 alone? it looks like the devils are floating several proposals to the league and if they find none of them satisfactory then kovalchuk will leave.
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Posted 26 August 2010 - 05:59 PM

huh? how many deals get done on july 1 alone? it looks like the devils are floating several proposals to the league and if they find none of them satisfactory then kovalchuk will leave.


Huh? What does July 1st have to do with anything?
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Posted 26 August 2010 - 06:02 PM

Huh? What does July 1st have to do with anything?


he's using it as an example of how quickly a deal can get done, i.e. one day
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Posted 26 August 2010 - 06:02 PM

Huh? What does July 1st have to do with anything?

A deal can be done in one day, if everyone is motivated.
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Posted 26 August 2010 - 06:04 PM

he's using it as an example of how quickly a deal can get done, i.e. one day

I thought that but that's not the case with this.
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Posted 26 August 2010 - 06:11 PM

I thought that but that's not the case with this.


i just want this garbage to be over

as depressed as i'll be to lose him to the freaking KHL, i just want it over with at this point.

if kovy leaves, the NHL will have a giant black eye
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Posted 26 August 2010 - 06:17 PM

i just want this garbage to be over

as depressed as i'll be to lose him to the freaking KHL, i just want it over with at this point.

if kovy leaves, the NHL will have a giant black eye


And likely a lawsuit.
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Posted 26 August 2010 - 06:30 PM

And likely a lawsuit.


seriously

i wonder if it is even possible for us as fans to file a class-action suit against the NHL/Bettman

maybe for unfair labor practices?

Edited by jagknife, 26 August 2010 - 06:30 PM.

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Posted 26 August 2010 - 06:32 PM

don't care what it takes, i want to see Kovalchuck signed.
this has really been a stupid drawn out cluster fvck of stupidity, NHL is being run by a$$holes of the highest order. :soap:
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Posted 26 August 2010 - 06:33 PM

RT @dchesnokov A source just told me that in his opinion it is very possible that Kovy will indeed sign in Rus. NHL is blocking his efforts

Im just hoping this is a huge ploy to force the nhl's hand on approving a contract

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Posted 26 August 2010 - 06:41 PM

I wonder if there will be a huge loss of confidence in league leadership if they let a top star walk...
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Posted 26 August 2010 - 06:42 PM

RT @dchesnokov A source just told me that in his opinion it is very possible that Kovy will indeed sign in Rus. NHL is blocking his efforts

Im just hoping this is a huge ploy to force the nhl's hand on approving a contract


you're about 20 posts too late on breaking this one.
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Posted 26 August 2010 - 06:44 PM

I thought that but that's not the case with this.


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