it's not good for the NHL when star (scoring) players get up and leave for another league
Exactly I think this is more embarassing for the NHL when compared to the Devils at this point.
Betmann cost us Kovalchuk without a doubt. If Kovy doesn't lose 40% of his pay for this past truncated season because of the lockout he probably stays and today would of just been another slow summer news day.
The cap recapture was only $250K and it would of been a hell of a lot worse if he would of done this three years from now because of the way the contract was structured so at least there's that.