All Kovy II, all the time

Hey, Ilya Kovalchuk a great player – right up there with Crosby and Ovechkin.

His cap hit – $6 million in that crazy contract – is equal to Mike Cammalleri and $!,357,143 less than Scott Gomez.

And we’ll get to see Kovalchuk, live and on RDS, four times a season – plus playoffs … maybe.

Pat Hickey (whom HIO has signed for 17 years) on The Decision

Kings gamble big and lose big

Devils gamble on the short term – Eric Duhatschek

Scott Burnside’s take

Ken Campbell weighs in

Yvon Pedneault assesses the deal

Down Goes Brown got a copy of the contract

In non-Kovy news, Blair Mackasey – a familiar face in the scouts’ section of the Bell Centre pressbox – has been named the Minnesota Wild’s director of player personnel. The Wild also extended the contract of Guy Lapointe, who’s their amateur scouting coordinator.

And they’re lovin’ Simon Gagné in Tampa. And the Philly media will miss him.


  1. otter649 says:

    Good Point – You are agreeing with yourself – Have you ever had a disagreement with yourself on this message board ?







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  2. Bill J says:

    Then you sacrifice Brodeur.

    Every time a coach tried to make NJ offensive, it directly affected Brodeur’s play.

    So great – NJ scores 50 or more goals in a season (by Kovy2) — However, do they then in turn allow 100 more goals against in the same season ?

    Kovy2 does NOT play in his own zone, makes playing in your own zone (if he is on the ice) like a PK. (4 on 5)

    Brodeur relies heavily on the defensive style NJ has played.

    I agree in 5 years, when Brodeur is gone for sure by then.  This will be good.  I guess that is ultimately the end question.

    How much longer will Brodeur be a Devil ?

  3. DAVE. N says:

    ..but how do you really feel?

  4. avatar_58 says:

    If it’s a new coach who’s to say they’ll be defensive? In fact who’s to say in 5 years if they’ll be defensive?

  5. HabFab says:

    I would settle for them all scoring 4 more goals each then last year.

    PK subbing for MAB, Ellers for Metro and Boyd for Moore.

  6. Bugs says:

    You gonna do all that to offer Marc Staal a sheet BEFORE the Rangers eventually sign him? For Staal? Trade away, dump away just to offer Staal a sheet that the Rangers won’t match?

    I dunno, Mally. Maybe more thought should go into this, no?

    I don’t see what our big problem is on defence that Staal would fix. Taking drastic measures to acquire HIM specifically isn’t worth the trouble at all, imo.

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  7. Bob Barker says:

    That’s my understanding. Plus there’s no transfer agreement between the two leagues so Kovalchuk could just pull a Radulov anyway. If it’s when he’s 38, NJ wouldn’t even be upset. 

  8. SeriousFan09 says:

    I don’t see why we have to torch Gauthier for not even being on the job for one year yet we’re expecting him to institute these sweeping changes to make this team a Cup Contender, he was a big part of the reset of the team Gainey organized last summer and that team pushed farther than any team since 1993. He made some tough choices this off-season and we have no idea how these moves will pan out but you argue he’s made no progress? We don’t even know how the next season will go or if these moves are for the best.

    We can’t pretend we can contend every season No team can) and I will bet right now that MTL gets farther in the playoffs than NJ does in 10-11.

    And Maclean can try and take the team in a different direction, but the team is built on the trap and the philosophy that let them win is the trap, it’s Lou’s philosophy and it tends to be an institutional philosophy and if they abandon the trap, Brodeur’s stats are going to sink as well.


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  9. Bob Barker says:

    I wish Gauthier could have made it happen. Hamrlik would have to take one for the team and agree to go to the KHL though. Or Pleks wouldn’t have been re-signed. 



    Two 40+ goal scorers in our top-6 + Subban + Markov = success. 

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