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#121 CarpathianForest

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 03:18 PM

Yes. Rolston fits the system much better. Rolston was a very good PP QB and made the PP become respectable early last season.

I find it funny that people are criticizing Rolston and defending Kovy, when they year-to-year their numbers are identical except Rolston had more goals and a better +- through 41 games.

Rolston 2009-10: 13 13 23 + 4 22
Kovy 2010-11: 10 13 23 -29 22


That's not a red herring or anything. Why don't you compare Kovy's stats with Rolston's stats this season?
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 03:18 PM

Wow. Your really not following the conversation are you?


You're taking a sampling that shows what you want it to show. To compare Brian Rolston from the first half of last year to Ilya Kovalchuk the first half of this year serves absolutely nothing.
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 03:20 PM

you underestimate how good greene is and overestimate how good urbom would be. i would hope that this year would be a primer on what happens when you just throw rookie defensemen into the mix. greene is at 7 shots more for than against this year per 60, and while a lot of that is score effects, i have a hard time imagining that urbom is at that level, especially as albany continues to be crushed shots-wise. greene obviously has to do a better job of covering the net.


you're absolutely correct that this year has taught me not to be an hfboards guy and say that any rookie must be better than our crap. andy has been really bad in his zone and it's not like he's MAB in the o zone to make up for it.

free agency is a vast wasteland this year. i'd go up to 1.8 per on a 2 year deal, and maybe 1.6 on a 3 year deal.


i was thinking more on the trade front actually. i know you hate the idea of any of the vancouver guys.


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it absolutely is. although i pulled it from the first scene with the two of them, not the dinner scene you're referencing.
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 03:21 PM

What other players? They're $17 million under the cap right now. Comfortable enough to fit Kovy even at $10 million a year.


The Thrashers don't spend to the cap. I don't think they ever did.
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 03:25 PM

The Thrashers don't spend to the cap. I don't think they ever did.


Fine, but the only big salary they added, and it isn't too big at that, is Byfulin (maybe Sopel). I don't think re-signing Kovy, which they were prepared to do in a big way, would have prevented that, at least from a dollars standpoint.
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 03:27 PM

Fine, but the only big salary they added, and it isn't too big at that, is Byfulin (maybe Sopel). I don't think re-signing Kovy, which they were prepared to do in a big way, would have prevented that, at least from a dollars standpoint.


I don't think they make that trade with Chicago with Kovalchuk still a Thrasher.
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 03:32 PM

The Thrashers don't spend to the cap. I don't think they ever did.


Thrashers cap space by year, according to NHLNumbers.com (I couldn't find old cap numbers on CapGeek):
2007-08 - $7.195M
2008-09 - $15.267M
2009-10 - $9.794M
Average - $10.752

2010-11 - $17.185M

Adding Kovalchuk's current cap hit to their current payroll actually brings them almost exactly to what they've been averaging for the previous three seasons.
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 03:36 PM

LOL at Manta's steadfast refusal to admit that the Devs were in trouble before acquiring Kovy.


If the Devils were "in trouble" before signing Kovalchuk, then why the heck did they sign him? He was supposed to be a piece to make the team a Cup contender, in the prime of his career.

Let's say the Devils are a non-playoff team the next two years (or squeaking in and losing a round). Then I think you can call the Kovalchuk signing a bust. A big one.
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 03:36 PM

I don't think they make that trade with Chicago with Kovalchuk still a Thrasher.


And maybe Chicago doesn't win the cup and decides to keep Byfuglien and trade Ladd, Sopel, Eager and someone else or they get a better deal or someone takes a big chunk of salary off their hands at the trade deadline. That's completely unpredictable.
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 03:44 PM

If the Devils were "in trouble" before signing Kovalchuk, then why the heck did they sign him? He was supposed to be a piece to make the team a Cup contender, in the prime of his career.

Let's say the Devils are a non-playoff team the next two years (or squeaking in and losing a round). Then I think you can call the Kovalchuk signing a bust. A big one.


How can you say that? What if they win the Cup in 3 years? Then again in 6 years? Still a bust? What if Kovy scores 40 goals next year? Still a bust if he doesn't correct all the other problems on the team and get us a Cup?
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 03:48 PM

Prodigy, if this team is truly rebuilding and loses Parise, then the Kovalchuk deal is a monumental bust.
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 03:48 PM

If Kovy had like 25 goals and 27 assists right now and we were still in last place would you all be lamenting his signing?
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 03:51 PM

Losing some games with a team that had just set a franchise best half season was fixable.

And Lou tried to fix it by acquiring an offensive dynamo.

Gutting your team, philosophically, physically, morale-wise, financially and prospect wise for a talented individual that has to be taught a new way of playing is different.

Philosophically: Maybe so, but the old Devils way -- the philosophy that won 3 Cups -- no longer works in the NHL. I haven't been the biggest Lou fan since the lockout, but you gotta give him credit for at least trying to adapt by bringing in another scorer.

Physically: Eh? Are you talking about losing Oduya?

Morale: Gee, I didn't realize the guys were depressed by the trade. Besides, something's been wrong in that locker room for years; somebody said yesterday or earlier today that one positive about this season is that the various problems have finally been laid bare. Hopefully that'll make it easier to fix them.

Financially: As long as the man whose name is on the door is okay with writing that check, there's not much any of us can say about that. Unless you're complaining about the salary cap, to which I respond: Don't worry about my cap I'm still waiting for that list of defensemen you claim Lou would have signed had he not been focused on Kovy this offseason. And even with that circus, he still managed to sign Volchenkov and Tallinder.

Prospects: Cormier is damaged goods and Bergfors hasn't panned out. (And I was a bigger Bergfors fan than most.) Losing Oduya and the draft pick hurt, but you gotta give to get. And they even got Salmela back.

Your starting from scratch when you didn't have too.

You were going to have to start from scratch -- or close to it -- in a couple years anyway. You've got too many players who are a couple years away from retirement, even after the Langenbrunner trade. It sucks that the rebuilding had to start sooner rather than later, but it was imminent nonetheless.
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 03:55 PM

Prodigy, if this team is truly rebuilding and loses Parise, then the Kovalchuk deal is a monumental bust.


There's no guarantee that Parise stays here if we don't sign Kovalchuk. Parise is upset about the coaching carousel and first round exits. I'm sure sharing the spotlight with Kovy is less of a problem.
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 03:56 PM

If Kovy had like 25 goals and 27 assists right now and we were still in last place would you all be lamenting his signing?


Is he still minus-29? :P
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 04:00 PM

Is he still minus-29? :P


Kovy's only been a plus player once in his NHL career and that was last year with ATL/NJ. It's not like he's a defensive stalwart.
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 04:04 PM

There's no guarantee that Parise stays here if we don't sign Kovalchuk. Parise is upset about the coaching carousel and first round exits. I'm sure sharing the spotlight with Kovy is less of a problem.


Why anyone would want Kovalchuk here without Parise is beyond me. Some of you have lost sight of the goal, which is shocking to me.

The Devils signed Ilya Kovalchuk to make the Devils a better playoff team (at least that's why the Devils said they did this). That has not happened yet. But anything short of that makes the Kovalchuk signing a mistake. If the team sucks and he gets 48 goals, then the signing is bad. If the team is rebuilding, then why would they want a $100 million contract on the books? What's the point? Hello? McFly?
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 04:05 PM

If Kovy had like 25 goals and 27 assists right now and we were still in last place would you all be lamenting his signing?


It would be almost impossible for the Devils to be a last-place team with Kovy having a big year.

But yeah I suspect he'd get a lot more sympathy if he was playing well, but he's having the worst year of his career and the team is having the worst year in its last 25 seasons - Year 1 has certainly been an utter failure by all accounts.

Why anyone would want Kovalchuk here without Parise is beyond me. Some of you have lost sight of the goal, which is shocking to me.


I don't see how you could get that from reading his post...his point was that whether Zach leaves might not have anything to do with Kovy period. Which I think is true, I don't think ego is a problem for Zach but the state of the team sure could be.

Edited by NJDevs4978, 12 January 2011 - 04:08 PM.

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 04:06 PM

If the Devils were "in trouble" before signing Kovalchuk, then why the heck did they sign him? He was supposed to be a piece to make the team a Cup contender, in the prime of his career.

Geez, all he did was average a point per game in the two months he was here. What more would you have liked? And I'm sure management felt comfortable resigning him as they assumed he'd adapt to the rest of the team sooner rather than later. If John MacLean hadn't been promoted and a coach who knew what he was doing was hired from the get-go instead, I feel pretty confident in saying that we wouldn't be having this discussion.

Let's say the Devils are a non-playoff team the next two years (or squeaking in and losing a round). Then I think you can call the Kovalchuk signing a bust. A big one.

Fair enough.

Prodigy, if this team is truly rebuilding and loses Parise, then the Kovalchuk deal is a monumental bust.

Why do you assume we would have been able to keep Parise without Kovalchuk?
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 04:10 PM

Perfectly logical argument if you leave out the tricky little detail that one team was in first place and the other is in last place.



Hmm. Why is that?

That's not a red herring or anything. Why don't you compare Kovy's stats with Rolston's stats this season?


In the context of the discussion it was about fit and roles pre/post Kovy.

You're taking a sampling that shows what you want it to show. To compare Brian Rolston from the first half of last year to Ilya Kovalchuk the first half of this year serves absolutely nothing.


So you're not following.
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