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Does the age of the team scare you?
and of his 15 goals in 2013, 10 were scored in the first 14 games (10-6-16)
Also, his current cap hit is less than this Rask deal, and he probably wouldn't sign that.
Oh, also LM, the Devils re-signed your boy Zidlicky for another year.
So can you experts give me a thumbnail explanation of what I'm missing? Crayon illustrations are welcome.
The Devils can't get out of 12 years of cap hits by pretending this is a retirement if its not.
Monk can tell you much better, but as an outsider, my opinion of Kovy went way up after he left the Thrashers (and I liked the Thrashers). He started taking regular shifts on the PK and generally playing like someone who understood that defense is a thing that exists. He someone increased his minutes, despite being one of the most heavily used forwards even in Atlanta.
I think the shock ads to the reaction from Devil's fans, and the team is unquestionably diminished in the short term. In the long term, they're probably better off. Also, the Devils lost their next 1st round draft pick because of his original contract, and that is not worth 3 years of Kovy.
So it is a shady attempt to let him leave without taking the cap hit
The Devil's could do the same with Kovalchuck, but instead their going through a retirement charade to avoid the full cap hit.
So it is a shady attempt to let him leave without taking the cap hit. I doubt the league will let them get away with it.
It also means the Devils lose any rights to Kovalchuk, so it's not a charade to them either.
What does termination entail, exactly? The contract ceases to exist?
So Kovalchuk could theoretically sign with another NHL team?
Players 'returning' from foreign leagues but that have no NHL contract have to pass through waivers.
It's the same rule that landed Nabokov with the Isles and not Detroit. I don't believe that rule has changed.
In the event a professional or former professional Player plays in a league outside North America after the start of the NHL Regular Season, other than on Loan from his Club, he may thereafter play in the NHL during that Playing Season (including Playoffs) only if he has first either cleared or been obtained via Waivers.
*For now, the Devils retain Kovalchuk’s NHL rights, but it’s kind of complicated and it’s not forever.
*If Kovalchuk chose to un-retire and try to return to the NHL at some point, per NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, there are rules “way too detailed for me to try to summarize.” One of them is that “for a certain period of time” Kovlachuk would have to get the permission of all 30 NHL teams to play in the league again
Are there two professional leagues in the world that people want to play for? Maybe.
It's an interesting question. If there were perfect labor peace in the NHL, I'd agree with your take entirely. But if escrow keeps happening and if they lose another year down the road, it may not be that simple. Kovalchuk's the first, and may be the last, but at this point, it's not out of the realm of my imagination for Ovechkin to suddenly leave, and then what? Are there two professional leagues in the world that people want to play for? Maybe.
Yes, because there are two professional leagues that are willing to pay big money.
Great trade. What did we get, nothing?
Atlantic, Central, Pacific and Metropolitan divisions. As I said to a friend, having a "Metropolitan" division with Carolina and Columbus in it seems a bit silly.
Why not wait? Is he going to cost any more if he has another great season?
Shreds, what do you think about Brown's new deal? I think it's pretty decent for both parties, but I'd rather have payed him more for less time personally. I am horribly biased for guys from upstate, though.
I actually think signing longer term deals right now benefit the teams, since the cap is likely to rise fairly substantially over that time. If you sign him to a shorter term deal, you have to worry about signing him again (possibly) in a few years in a different cap environment. This was probably a really good year for long term deals on the team side because they could use that restricted cap space as leverage.
I can never listen to "Final Countdown" without thinking about this, so it completely negates any drama/excitement they are trying to build...
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