I posted something similar somewhere around page 400 or 390’s haha. Anyway I really think Kovy is going to sign with the Devils sometime after Labor Day weekend, even closer to the 17th when veterans report.
I believe this is the reason is due to the NHL’s “so called” contract investigation on other contracts. We all know the Devils want to lock him up for at least 10 years.
Also with training camps it will give the Devils a better chance to move players due to teams needing a player due to an injury or still need to get to the cap floor.
Here is what I think Kovy will sign for 13 years, 91 million / 7 million cap hit / NMC first 10 years / NTC last 3 years.
Year 1: 6
Year 2: 6
Year 3: 9.5
Year 4: 9.5
Year 5: 9.5
Year 6: 9
Year 7: 9
Year 8: 9
Year 9: 9
Year 10: 6
Year 11: 1
Year 12: 1
Year 13: 1
Teams that aren’t at the cap floor or a little over that the Devils could trade with, 2010-2011 NHL Salary Cap Floor 43.4 million, list based on capgeek.com
1) Avalanche 38.4
2) Thrashers 41.3
3) Islanders 43.6
4) Predators 44.5
5) Coyotes 45.4
6) Stars 47.1
Devils pretty much have a history with all the teams but Coyotes but see reason below.
Players that Devils could move to get under this year:
1) Brian Rolston 5 million: will be hard to move due to have a nmc & his age, but a team like the Islanders or Avalanche would be interested due to the young core they have & having a veteran could help those groups. Rolston may wave his NMC for either one, Avalanche could be a playoff team & could make a run in the playoffs, just get in! Islanders keep in the area where he doesn’t have to up & move his family.
2) Bryce Salvador 2.9 million: I could see the Thrashers or Coyotes make a play for him both teams are looking to make a playoff push, especially the Coyotes with the success they had last year. He is a stay at home dman that could really help both teams 5 on 5 & pk.
3) Patrik Elias 6 million: I know I know “no way”, but think of this we still have to get Parise signed next year! Patrik is a point per game player & any team above would take him I think to help them at situation. Yes is the Devils all time scorer but honestly would you rather keep him or almost guarantee yourself Kovy & Parise locked up for years to come, you decided. Also we do have the 2 young Swedish kids that are coming up.
4) Dainus Zubras 3.4 million: Probably the most logical player that could be going but honestly I really think he stays, due to him being one our best forwards for the past 2 years in short lived (lol) playoff life. But truth is truth he is the easiest forward to move with no clauses and once again I think any of the above teams would take him.
Going forward a year from now: if we are going to get Kovy locked up long with Parise, we know Zach is going to want almost the same as Kovy, plus Zajic if he puts up good numbers is going to want a raise around 4.5 million (my guess) is 3 years then we need to 3 out of the 4 above & we do get 2.8 from Jamie next year & would only take him back for around 1.5 or less. We just have to hope the Swedish kids are going to be good.