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Just a quick question - why aren't the Rangers going after Kovy? They have plenty of cap space and an almost complete roster. Kovy is exactly the type of player they usually target, so what gives?

They don't have a lot of cap space. They still need to re-sign Staal and Giradi, which eats a lot of that cap space.

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Just a quick question - why aren't the Rangers going after Kovy? They have plenty of cap space and an almost complete roster. Kovy is exactly the type of player they usually target, so what gives?

They can't. The 8 million they have left they need for Staal and Girardi. The only way they can enter is to dump Redden. Besides, what good is Kovalchuk when they already have Gaborik and Erik Christensen as their top center?

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They can't. The 8 million they have left they need for Staal and Girardi. The only way they can enter is to dump Redden. Besides, what good is Kovalchuk when they already have Gaborik and Erik Christensen as their top center?

Err, because Kovy is a winger ?...........

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lol this reminds me of the trade deadline where slowly every other team in the league got ruled out.

You had to figure eventually there'd be a line of demarcation between the Kings and Devils if their offers were similar, either one team would go higher or Kovy would decide one team gave him a better chance to win, then it could come down to winning vs. money with the Isles and other team left standing.

That is if the sketchy speculation of all the Devil-Isle offers and no other team being in is in any way accurate, which I sorta believe but wouldn't put money on.

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Kovalchuk says no to the Kings

http://twitter.com/helenenothelen/

Unless on the start of business July 5 or 6, Kovalchuk isn't property of the Islanders, this is pretty strange. Is this guy all about the money? If so, he'd have signed with Atlanta (his agent isn't stupid, and was well aware of what teams this off-season would be able to spend), or would have accepted the Isles supposed offer on the spot. Or he would have accepted the KHL offer, which out of the gate would have been more than any NHL team could have offered him.

Strange things are afoot at the Circle K.

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What could they have offered that was so beneath him? It makes me wonder. And could Lou's offer (a notorious low-baller) be that much better?

I've been naively considering this a two-horse race. I have a thing for blissful ignorance.

My elation derives from the preconceived notion that money is not Ilya's top priority, which is why he refused the Thrashers deal. I don't think anyone could realistically expect to receive a higher offer in free agency stateside.

I'll be curbing my enthusiasm in the coming moments as I process the overtures from Long Island and mother russia

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kovalchuk's best move, money-wise, is probably to go to the KHL for 1 or 2 years, then come back when teams might be able to afford him.

the problem with keeping kovalchuk is that even if the devils make room for his contract, they still don't really have room on their roster for him.

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First off, no one knows for sure if the Flyers or Avs are in on it.

Secondly, if they are, you don't know how long they have been in on it. You don't just wake up 3 days into free agency and go "Let's sign Kovalchuk".

Lastly, this isn't a matter of teams coming in with bigger nd better offers and continually one-uping each other. This is matter of, Kovy's stock not being as high as projected so other teams can stay in on the action. Point is, it's not getting much higher money wise and Lou can't offer him the most money anyways. Someone (aside from the Isles) has already upped the Devils for sure. Lou isn't gonna drop out because Kovy got a higher offer.

Avs and Flyers

You make great points but I will point out it is all still just speculation.

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What could they have offered that was so beneath him? It makes me wonder. And could Lou's offer (a notorious low-baller) be that much better?

It doesn't necessarily have to be an offer that was beneath him. Other factors could be influencing his decision such as the rougher schedule out west, refusal to give a NTC, liking NYC more than LA (if he is leaning towards NJ). Point is, there are lots of intangibles that we may not know about other than plain money.

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kovalchuk's best move, money-wise, is probably to go to the KHL for 1 or 2 years, then come back when teams might be able to afford him.

the problem with keeping kovalchuk is that even if the devils make room for his contract, they still don't really have room on their roster for him.

If push comes to shove, you could put Elias at right wing on a line with Kovy and Arnott or some other center. Elias is left-handed and, in fact, perhaps

came from coming across from the right wing.
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kovalchuk's best move, money-wise, is probably to go to the KHL for 1 or 2 years, then come back when teams might be able to afford him.

the problem with keeping kovalchuk is that even if the devils make room for his contract, they still don't really have room on their roster for him.

If it doesn't have to do with money and cap hits, please explain. I'm not being facetious btw...just curious about the rationale.

Nevermind...explanation above. Tri, no harm in moving Langs off the top line. He won't like it, but Kovy >>>>Langenbrunner.

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devs isles is no contest, we have our winger.

I'd bet on $30 million (at least) more than the Devils can offer means some other team has its winger, and that the Devils can make do with the line-up that it already has in place.

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the devils' forwards are right now:

parise-zajac-langenbrunner

elias-arnott-clarkson

rolston-zubrus-zharkov

leblond-pelley-?

i don't see where kovalchuk fits in there. i don't like moving elias to his off-wing.

The Devils are currently four million under the cap and that's with an incomplete roster. The only realistic way you're fitting Kovalchuk in this year (at a $7-8 million cap hit) is to get rid of Rolston.

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kovalchuk's best move, money-wise, is probably to go to the KHL for 1 or 2 years, then come back when teams might be able to afford him.

the problem with keeping kovalchuk is that even if the devils make room for his contract, they still don't really have room on their roster for him.

Outside of Parise, Zajac, Arnott and Clarkson the rest of that current group of forwards is in no way blocking Kovalchuk. Only a few of their contracts are.

You always make room for a 27 y/o 40+ goal scorer.

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The Devils are currently four million under the cap and that's with an incomplete roster. The only realistic way you're fitting Kovalchuk in this year (at a $7-8 million cap hit) is to get rid of Rolston.

Yep. Lou has already stated that moves will be made should Kovalchuk sign, and that almost certainly means Rolston and one or two others are moving.

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the devils' forwards are right now:

parise-zajac-langenbrunner

elias-arnott-clarkson

rolston-zubrus-zharkov

leblond-pelley-?

i don't see where kovalchuk fits in there. i don't like moving elias to his off-wing.

What are you're thoughts of moving Zubrus up top as we saw a little off in the playoffs with some success (game 2, that line was a machine)? langs plays 2nd line rw, clarkson to the 3rd, zharkov to the 4th.

This is possible only if Josefson is ready for the 3rd line center role. Well, I guess we could go out and sign Belanger too, if need be.

edit - haven't heard belanger's name at all. maybe this is lou's plan if kovy cannot be had. go the depth route. it will be interesting to see how long belanger waits, if that's the case

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