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#1209216 Kovy to Russian media: "Stanley Cup remains my target."

Posted by Chorske17 on 05 September 2013 - 02:35 PM

I've been absent from this board for a long long time and I'm guessing everyone forgot that I always stated that Kovalchuk was a waste, a mistake, and I got a thorough thrashing for it back when he came to the team.  NO one listened they were excited to see when Kovy would take a dump, how emotional it was when he scrapped his glove across the ice when he scored a supposed "big goal", and how big one eye from the other which perhaps made him as "sick" as he was.  I was not the only one, but people failed to see the writing on the wall.  They wanted him to be the messiah when all he really did was make a mess.  The Devils organization should take some blame for it, but Kovalchuk and his mother should too.  No matter what kind of player you are you don't quit, and this guy quit from day one.   He was only after the money and nothing more.   I still laugh at how wrong people were and yet they never probably said, "you know what... so and so was right and I need to say 'I'm sorry'."   


Hockey Fans to Russian Media about Kovalchuk:   "Keep him, let him stay there and die as we do not want him back... ever!"  PS Tell his Mom we said "hey!"

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#1142695 New TG post

Posted by Chorske17 on 10 July 2012 - 09:17 AM

Will we ever learn the truth about Kovalchuk? I don't know. I do know that he was out performed by guys on the forth line right before the Filthadelphia series game were he got sat. Why won't they come out and say what the injury is? This is very "interesting"!

As per a bulging disc or two... My wife got hurt on the job and sucked it up with that injury. She worked thru the incredible pain with a MUCH less salary that involved walking all day, outside, and carrying heavy packages. I wouldn't equate it with a game since she did for much longer than a game and for so much less than Kovalchuk got paid. It irritated her that someone who is making that kind of money coasted a lot. She thought it was Mario Lemieux in disguise at time. My wife also was in tears with the pain, so if in fact he had the bulging discs, I think I can give him some slack, but everyone plays hurt. Look at players who had broken legs, dislocated shoulders, broken ribs and yes bad backs and won the cups. It is about how much you want the cup. I didn't see that in him every shift or every other shift.

On a medical prognosis with the buldging discs... They typically give you a 'local' to numb the spot that was x-rayed or MRI'ed and then inject you with a very long needle that is supposed to numb the spot for months at a time. My wife's first shot didn't work and I'd almost say she was in more pain. The second shot worked much better, but she is still not pain free. She equates it to a sore back, but it is still better than before. Surgery is the next option and the doctor specified that surgery can lead to one of three possible outcomes: 1) you feel 100% better, 2) you feel exactly the same with no relief, but no added pain, and 3) you feel worse with added pain. Clearly nerve endings are still an area in medicine that we know little about healing.

WIth that said, Kovalchuk's future could be anything. He could be sporatic or become as a fragile and vunerable to freak accidents like Drake Berehowsky was (he was hit in the eye by a pic at a Dwight Yoakum concert). As much as I don't like Kovalchuk, this has "uncertainty" for him and the Devils written all over it. We won't know until he leaves the Devils how much form he can regain. It can flair up at anytime for doing a simple a thing as picking something off the floor.
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#1099075 GDT: Devils @ Flyers 3/13/12

Posted by Chorske17 on 14 March 2012 - 12:18 AM

Why does no one stick up for Kovy after he got speared in the stomach? There was no team out there today.

Why didn't Kovy stick up for Kovy? He's dropped the gloves before. He should do it again.

The bigger question is why didn't anyone "show-up".
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#1099074 The Devils struggle with their "brand"

Posted by Chorske17 on 14 March 2012 - 12:16 AM

I like how this "NEW" News. The Devils have always had trouble with attendance and marketing.

The key factor for the Devils has always been hard-work and a frugal GM who would say, "this is what you are going to make... take it or leave it." While at times it was not what I agreed with, it worked and worked for years. No one can deny from 1987-88 when they first got to the playoffs until the 2009-10 they were a team based upon on drafting, goaltending, and defense first. That was a business model that had not changed until now.

Kovalchuk while being a tremendous talent has made quite the stir since coming to the Devils. He has has also made quite a bit of noise with his contract (both the length and controversy with it). This was the first deal in which the Devils organiation said, "hey we want you, what will it cost?" While many Devils fans were elated to land Kovalchuk some (such as yours truly) saw it differently. No one will deny that Kovalchuk has immense talent, but the lack of a true two-way player has hurt the team on many occassions. His defensive lapses have hurt the team when they occur and there are times when he has turned the puck over that he coasts back on defense when he plays the point. The ultimate impact won't be fully realized for years although next year might be the start with Parise. What will happen? I've speculated, but no one knows until it happens.

As for hiring a consulting firm to help like Gabe has stated... They can't even pay rent and nothing says, "we don't know what the hell we are doing" like hiring a consulting firm. It is the preverbial 'last straw' before just plain selling and the Devils are not there yet.

The Devils need to put people in their seats. Unused seats are like lost rented rooms at a hotel; you cannot recoup that loss as it is gone forever. The team should take a hard-look at things and really be more proactive. Look to other clubs like the Maple Leafs and Blackhawks who pack the stands. True they are both original six teams, but the Blackhawks once alienated their fans and their former stars for years under the dictatorship of William Wirtz. Once he died, and Rocky took over... things changed and boy did they ever. A revamped team and renewed passion of going to the Hawks games was born. To date the Blackhawks have close to 185 consecutive sell-out crowds. Do that math, CONSECUTIVE sell-out crowds. They have cool give-aways and they make going to a Hawks game the "thing to do". From shoot the puck, to bobblehead give-aways, to just great food, to former player on ice-celebartions, to their very own convention, to you name it. It is a happening place to be as I saw first hand when the Devils were in town to play the Hawks in November of 2010. The city has a 10% sales tax that is outragious along with expensive parking and yet they still fill that building. Unfortunately for the Devils to make money, they are going to need to spend it and I don't see it happening. If they did 1/2 of what the Hawks did right, they'd fill those seats and start their way there.

Before I get jumped on, please take a look at attendance for Hawks games in 2004-06 and then on the turn-around when Rocky Wirtz took over... There business model works, the Devils current one doesn't.
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#1092101 Whitney Houston Dead at 48

Posted by Chorske17 on 18 February 2012 - 10:31 PM

I guess it was Bobby Brown's prerogative.

Who would've thought that Bobby Brown would outlive Whitney? I sure as hell didn't. :rofl:
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#1091430 Marek zidlicky traded to Devils.

Posted by Chorske17 on 16 February 2012 - 11:58 PM

I'd rather trade Parise for Rick Nash. Personally, I'd rather trade Kovalchuk for Nash so we can keep Parise, but that is NO secret! Rick Nash has what the Devils are missing up front. It won't happen, but a fun "What if"... Then the Devils could concentrate on a VERY GOOD D-man and hopefully/more importantly go after a solid goalie. I can't wait to see the fiasco next year with goal.
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#1079706 GDT: Boston Bruins @ NJ Devils

Posted by Chorske17 on 05 January 2012 - 04:11 PM

GS has actually put together a pretty good team and a lot of players would really like to play for GS's organization.
Remember it's Lou who made the baffling decision to sign to Goons to play on the 4th line and didn't make any attempt at getting a backup goaltender who isn't on the downside of his career.
I mean Hedberg is good but there's no way we should have a goalie tandem that's the equivalent of the two old guys in the balcony of the Muppet Show.
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I have never said, but thought the same thing except I don't think they laugh nearly enough as those two. Call me crazy on that one!

Oh and Kovy giving the puck over... is classic form for him. Not picking, but merely stating the factual truth backed up by numerous videos. I wish it was different, I wish he would learn, and I wish our PP was far better, but here we sit and there they Shit!
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#1076093 GDT Devils vs. Capitals

Posted by Chorske17 on 24 December 2011 - 03:23 AM

Lucky win. I see the false-messiah "Kovalchuk" scored to win it. If he keeps going like this I might retract what I say. Let's wait and see. A few games doesn't really mean much. He's still a god awful NEGATIVE.
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#1075261 GDT: Rangers vs. Devils

Posted by Chorske17 on 20 December 2011 - 11:55 PM

lol right on cue.

I am no different than those who disliked Langenbrunner and wanted him gone. I am just in slowly growing minority.

Please feel free to rip apart the facts that have been presented to you. What did I say that was such an attack on Kovalchuk, the Devils, or any specific fan. Did I call someone a 'douche', did I say something about your mother, or did I act inappropriately other than stating issues you do not agree on? I welcome the sound advise of someone who is so spiritually in check and whose words are worshipped by the masses!
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#1073489 Brylin Game Worn Helmet

Posted by Chorske17 on 15 December 2011 - 06:29 PM

Christmas time sale, then price goes back up!
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#1071759 GDT: 12/10/11 Canadiens vs Devils

Posted by Chorske17 on 11 December 2011 - 02:58 AM

Whether anyone wants to admit it or not Kovalchuk is the problem. Wait, before you say anything let's take a trip down memory lane.

1) Absolute disappointment so far. Sure he turned it on last year, but "almost singlehandedly getting the Devils to the post season" is still ALMOST. For the money he makes... We should've been there. Hey, he got the coin what has he really done?

2) His money has and will effect the team for years to come. Who are Devils going to get with all that money tied up with this guy? I think by the reactions of Parise and Brodeur, they're both DONE with this team and organization. I guess we'll see, but who and what are the Devils going to be able to get? IF they resign Parise, what else can they afford? So many issues are in need of addressing (RW, C, D, Goal)... I guess LW is okay... but there are a LOT of needs so what can you get for the money left.

3) Probably the only thing that isn't Kovalchuk's fault...I don't see a TEAM out there. I see individuals with the same j3ersey on in general. Sure some guys 'click', but not consistently. If you don't agree with me on anything else, you should at least see this. Not one solid game. Too many revolving 4th liners who don't get into the flow because they don't see ice time to contribute, and are thrown in for a few games here and there.

As per anyone coming to the Devils games... I think whoever plants their arse in a seat is welcome at a game. Regardless of the team they support, they are PAYING the Devils to watch a game. The money they spend goes to the Devils and given the state of the organization, I think every single person who pays counts. Would I want to see a bunch of Pens or Rags fans there, not really, but if helps the team... who am I to argue. At least it isn't a ghost town like Atlanta was last season even after they had section with all you could eat food!
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#1069706 The Kovy Conundrum

Posted by Chorske17 on 04 December 2011 - 11:57 AM

Oh and Marian Hossa. I'll take him any day of the week even if he only scores 25 goals. He'll find ten ways to win you the game and BRING players to the next level.
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#1069703 The Kovy Conundrum

Posted by Chorske17 on 04 December 2011 - 11:56 AM

It is probably very easy to score a TON of overtime goals when there is no pressure. Let's face it, when you are at the bottom (both with Atlanta and then with NJ that year) you can only go up. Only when "oh my god, we might actually make it" did the same ole' stuff come back. It was a great run, but when the team was so bad it could only go there.

I must remember it differently on the faceoff in OT when Arnott took the faceoff, Elias was the left wing, Rafalski the D, and there was Sykora NEXT to Rafalski. I might not have stated that, but... IT did happen. I came name the games as I was there.

Kovalchuk has made me NOT want to watch Devils hockey. I'm okay with losing, but some of you people make me chuckle with "Kovy this.." and "Kovy that..." Please the guy does NOT bring anyone up the next level. Sure he attracts guys to him to mark him opening up fellow players, but that is NOT bringing them to the next level. When Gomez and Elias played with Marshall during the 2003 SCF run THEY brough Marshall to the next level (you can even ask him, he said to me they were the best linemates he played with). Those OT/GW goals he scored were no fluke. I don't see Kovalchuk making anyone around him better. Clarkson hasn't transformed into a 30 goal scorer. Tedenby...I won't even go there. And Henrique has benefitted more from Parise than Kovalchuk.
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#1069667 Brylin Game Worn Helmet

Posted by Chorske17 on 04 December 2011 - 02:40 AM

You are welcome! Couldn't beat the price could you and photomatched all shipped for less than $100.00
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#1069663 The Kovy Conundrum

Posted by Chorske17 on 04 December 2011 - 02:10 AM

People fail to deal with the facts. They look at post and see what they want instead of seeing the facts.

-Kovalchuk has tremendous talent to take the puck and make a move, but he does NOT bring anyone to the next level with him.

-Kovalchuk is a defensive liability. He might score 35-40 goals, but if you are a -25 than you were out there for a goal. Sure you can come up with excuses all you want, but the other night was no isolated incident. I'd rather have a player put up less goals and have a better plus/minus. Anyone can score lots of goals and play for a team who doesn't win (HINT -See Atlanta when he was there).

-The debate about him playing Left Wing or Right Wing is silly. He should be able to play both. Sure he might be better on one than the other, but we really haven't seen such dramatic changes that it should effect his play. Sure he is coming down his off side, but so what. Shanahan made it happen. Sykora does it. It seems like an excuse. The powerplay garbage about him not being good on the point is also garbage. For years Sykora played that point and didn't have NEARLY the same mistakes happen to himn. Why than is Kovalchuk having these issues? Isn't Kovy a better player? Don't even begin to say Sykora was a better defensively or who was his defensive partner (Ah... Brian Rafalski)? Please stop the excuses.

-Kovalchuk cannot hangle pressure. I've stated before he cannot handle being number 3 in the shootout. Being the number one shooter has zero stress, because NO MATTER what happens someone on your team will ALWAYS get a chance next. Kovalchuk cannot handle the stress of being the numnber 3 guy. Why does this matter? If he cannot handle that stress, he cannot handle the playoffs. He has already demonstrated both.

-Kovalchuk doesn't want to learn. I've heard the term "two-way player" mentioned concerning him. Well he definitely tried to chase down Mikko Koivu the other night and that might be his best two way skill (skating down with the puck and trying to come back after he screwed it up). He's a two-way player like Rod Pelley is power forward. Please stop with this term. John Madden was a two way player. Kyle Brodziak is a two way player. Dave Bolland is a two way player. Ilya Kovalchuk is not and will never be.

-Kovalchuk can't be blamed entirely for his contract. The Devils did GIVE it to him. I wonder what would've happened to him if the Devils weren't able to make it happen? I see Alexei Yashin never came back. I hope Kovalchuk leaves for the KHL sooner than later. His contract has far lasting effects (the lost draft picks due to the circumvention, the inability to sign certain players, and other intangilbes that have not yet presented themselves.

-The Devils have always been about team. Kovalchuk is about himself. Sure he'll pass, but he is more interested in controlling that puck. It is his game and he seems to be just as excited stick handling through five guys than he is when he scores. This does not help the team and Ilya won't be changing his gamne so close to thirty years of age.
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