I'm going to go Moneyball here and say you can't straight up replace Kovalchuk and his minutes and production, but you can build a winning team with the right pieces. This definitively got my mood down, but I'm not ready to say this is franchise ending as some have said. Let's see what happens in the next week...better yet, let's see what happens on the ice.
Too bad we haven't even really replaced Parise yet. We came as close as we were going to get with Ryder short-term, but now they have to replace Kovalsuck too. And we still have zip, zilch and nothing aside from Boucher and Matteau in the system.
Now I'm glad we didn't draft the Russian scorer though, I'd rather draft another undersized Swede than deal with the moody, ruble-hungry Russians.