Kovy playing next season for at least try to help the team in the playoffs and not giving away a top 10 pick that they have to forfeit because of HIM.
I know people are all emo tonight, but Kovy has absolutely nothing to do with us forfeiting the 1st round pick.. If you want to put that on someone you need to look to Bettman and the league, or to LL for circumventing the cap, if you agree with the leagues logic..
Kovy is, and has always been, a classic sniper. And while his offensive skill set is completely superior to that of any other player on our team both in terms of technical ability and vision, he's not a typical playmaker. If you want him to produce points at his maximum potential, you need to put him a) on left wing b) next to some kind of playmaker. You want Kovy on the side of our PP firing bombs, not playing QB at the back. There's only a handful of players that "produce" anything solo in the entire game of hockey. And even those guys (Crosby, Malkin, Stamkos, Ovie) usually have more talent on their lines then Kovy does.
dr33, the thing that will block this in hockey are the GMs/league themselves. They already had the beginnings of this sort of data when the Fox Glow Puck was used. Given how terrible the league is at data keeping in general, and how the NHL GMs are a huge old boys club (seriously, you're either an ex-NHL player or the son of a GM/coach or both), it's unlikely that we see this in the next 10 years.
Totally agree.. It was a penalty for sure, but no doubt the whole incident was a direct result of the non-call a few second before on the IDENTICAL hit by Stoll on Gionta.. We definitively got the short end of the stick from the refs this whole playoffs..
Posted by njdevsftw
on 25 February 2012 - 08:00 AM
Bottom line; MZ will help this years Cup aspirations. Those other players and the 2nd round pick will not. A solid playoff performance this year may also go a long way in convincing Zach this is the place to be.
Posted by njdevsftw
on 05 December 2011 - 03:52 AM
If Kovy didn't sign with us, and instead signed to a team who had a clue how to utilise his assets, you would be calling for Lou's head as Kovy racked up the points.
Of course, right now, the team is playing terrible, and the lines make no sense, nor does the strategy of the Power Play. Our star forward for the next decade+ is on the wrong side of the ice, and is playing a different game then the one that earned him the big contract. Tell me how that makes sense.
Posted by njdevsftw
on 02 December 2011 - 08:22 PM
It's painfully clear that this guy is not the same player as a member of the Devils. It's like putting a square peg in a round hole. I've had some discussions/arguments with friends back home in NJ, and I hear the same things all the time, but they fail to make sense:
- "He's playing out of position at right wing": Well if it's affecting him that much, then that's just stupid coaching. That also doesn't explain most of 2010-11.
Whatever the reason(s), this guy will single handledly drag this team down for the next several years. No team would ever take this contract off our hands for a guy whose goal production has basically been cut in half when comparing his Trashers years since the lockout (220 G in 367 GMS, 0.6 per game) to his Devils years (46 G in 126 GMS, 0.36 per game).
Can't even begin to describe how flawed your logic is. You seriously think the exact point in time this guy signed a contract with NJ, is the same exact time he passed his peak? He's been a point pr game guy his entire NHL career, and yet you're pointing the finger at him for not being able to continue his production in Jersey? Never struck you that something about the way the Devs are playing, the way the team is built/coached, his role on the ice, and/or quality of his new teammates could be inhibiting his potential in any way?
Let's at at least give him a shot at LEFT WING with an actual NHL quality center a few months before we give up on him. Oh wait, that actually happened the second half of last season! Incidentally, Kovy was completely awesome and by far and away our best player.
Kovy for a $6,67M cap hit is nothing short of a steal in this league. If you can't see that I cant really help you.