This is a blessing in disguise.
Kovalchuk had some of his worst years here. He is was improving defensively but was never a difficult player to play against.
In the short term the Devils are worse. But in the long term I believe the organization will be better by getting back to the team first approach that has been the key to the team's success.
So Zach went home, Rafalski went home, Clarkson went home and now kovalchuk went home... who's next? Loktionov?
why can't Van Riemsdyk, Ryan, Carlson and wtv want to come back here... NJ really have to start producing more talent lol
(i know ryan was a flyers fan)
Fvck Kovy. In Lou we trust. That is all.
Yes on all above..
I am not surprised by any of this... We got Kovy's 3 best years, and we got out of a contract which will look worse each year. ...and the Devils' agree as you can see by letting him go so easily.
This hurst short term but will help long term... let a player who was a 25-30 goal scorer with a $6M (costs the team $10M in dollars) contract go ..
you betcha we would...
Makes sense for Kovy too.. play offense, no D, be a star and make much more $'s