I agree, for Kovalchuk to battle through and somehow manage to play despite this pain is beyond me and a showing of his character. I've been having sciatic nerve problems lately and there are times were I have to stop doing whatever I am doing since the shooting pain into my leg makes it unbearable to walk. I have no idea how the hell this guy skated with something like that.
I'd take 'going home' a little more seriously if he wasn't also getting $98 million for it. People talk like he took a discount to go home
My favorite part is the whole, "he's such a great guy for specifically making sure that him and Suter got the same exact contracts; that Suter didn't get any less money." Oh please...that's called being a spoiled brat...you didn't make Minny underpay you, you made them overpay Suter. Thankfully for them, the Wild are like bad, enabling parents.
Zajac is a nice player not an all-star. Keep that in mind...
IMO Zajac is at perennial all-star level - his style of game just won't get him there that much. He is maybe a top 5 defensive forward in the game today.
Ok, then how 'bout this (in the event Zajac won't re-sign only, of course): call Cheveldaeoff and ask about Enstrom. See if Enstrom would be willing to sign an extension here. If he would, package Zajac and Greene for Enstrom and Little. Thoughts on that? Just spit-balling really.
Yes we have had regular season success. But why weren't these teams good enough to win playoff rounds?!? I feel like they were good regular season teams, but in the end what does that matter? No game results can be "controlled", but you can add playoff type players that will help win postseason games/rounds. I think overall Lou has done a great job, but I am mystified by some of the people that give him a permanent pass, and never question ANYTHING he does....
we all question him sometimes - have you seen the comments on the Barch signing? The difference is that you are being ridiculous.
The past two years has truly defined today's hockey world and the world in general for me.
On one hand you have the American kid who has been a Devil for years, but always talking about how filled up Prudential Center is, how the fans react to the play, how "sick" other star players are and taking no personal responsibility, blaming a team that "could have won many times" for never getting past the first round. He whines like a little baby, especially when he walked away from the media in the playoffs bc he was cranky. And IMO he acted like he didn't want the "C" the whole year. He didn't act like he had any more leadership responsibility than the next guy. Yet, we can all see how much Parise wants to be seen as a Superstar.
On the other you have the adult, the Russian who played for years in sh!t. The one who only shows his fire on the ice. The one who in a perfect situation was perfectly justified leaving Atlanta, being that they were horribly run and gave him the big money deal. He came to the Devils and appreciated what they were about. He wanted to be a Devil. He took personal responsibility and redefined his game for the team. He never said one negative thing either through sucking. He stuck with it. We boo'd him. But he never said anything. Actually, we put all the blame on him - so much that it wasn't even fair. We only blamed him and he didn't react - he responded. What would Parise have done - he would have blamed the whole team and whined. But I digress, then Kovy comes out and has an MVP season this year and he doesn't talk about it once. He just says, "I should have scored more" or "Marty played great." Kovy never says sh!t but "I want to win" in interviews.
Fittingly, Parise has abdicated the Devils Captaincy. After all, the spoiled brat can't fill Scott Stevens's skates. He left, for money and to play with his friends. He'll have a sold out stadium every night and he'll be all over the media. But don't give me this "I want to win BS." You sucked in the last 2 rounds of the playoffs buddy. Did I even hear Parise once say that he needed to produce more since he's returned from injury? NO. But Kovy has.
AS A MATTER OF FACT, I feel a lot better than I did before about not winning the Cup now. I don't want to have won with the wrong guy holding the "C". That lightens my devastation just a bit.
Meanwhile Kovy has done everything right. He wants to be a Devil, he lifts his teammates up, he appreciates what he has. It is so symbolic that he Chose NJ over Hollywood. Sure they are winners and we are the losers, but he chose Jersey over the glitz and glamour of LA. Parise has always had it all - he takes it for granted. Being a Devil is not about just playing good D. Parise is better than Kovy at that. Its about doing whatever it takes for the team to succeed. And Kovy has much more potential for that.
So, we all know I'm biased bc I see things through Kovy shades but it's time to give Kovy the "C" and be a real Devils team again. No more leaders who were taught by Jamie Langenbrunner. Kovy, to me is the offensive Scott Stevens. He is an offensive game-changer and a silent leader, who will do anything for his teammates. Parise, was (admittedly) a Jamie-type guy: whine about this not being right, whine about that not being right.
So, losing Parise to me is the moment for me that says we can go back to being the Devils I know. We don't need another forward, we have plenty. We should sign someone but it doesn't need to be anyone of Parise level. Henrique who seems like a real Devil through and through will be a star soon anyways. We need to sign a monster D-Man in the next year and we will be a dominant team.
There was always something wrong in my mind with Parise having the "C" when I knew it should be Kovy...we ALL know it - we just didn't want to say it. As a matter of fact, we ALL know the truths of this post, but as loyal Devils fans we just didn't want to say it. Well now we can.
This is so 2012 in the material world. Zach want his face on game covers and cereal boxes. He wants sold out arenas and fame. He wants to play in Minny where he won't go to the supermarket in anonymity. He wants to be known - after all it's the pop culture he grew up in. He wants to have fun.
Kovy came to New Jersey in the 2012 world. No glitz no glamour. Just a tradition of winning and team play. And he chose to play his whole career here.
Get the fvck out of here Zach, don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. Go have the fun career that you want, with all the accolades. After all, Minnesota is a great hckey town, you'll get to play with your boyfriend, your parents will cheer you from the stands, and you'll get paid way more than you deserve. And there probably won't be a pesky "C" to bother you. Thanks for your service here, I mean it - but seriously get the fvck out, we got our guy and his name is Ilya.
The only thing as old as Triumph using numbers to prove his point, is posters telling Triumph "numbers don't show everything" and then using unfunny exaggerations of how esoteric he gets and then high-fiving each other for it.