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.

252 Comments

  1. Bob Barker says:

    He couldn’t walk away and play for another NHL team of course.

    However I doubt NJ would prevent him from leaving for the KHL once he’s 38, only making $550,000 but his cap hit on their books will still be 6 million. 

  2. C3P1 says:

    cap hit notwithstanding, yes, this a great deal in the SHORT term.  do you realize that kovy will be FORTY FOUR when this deal is over? 44! there is NO WAY that he will be able to produce at a level that he has in the past for that long. not by a long shot. and he is an awful player for the new jersey system. they play defensive hockey, they have to to mask brodeur’s shrinking skills. anyone notice how kovy disappeared when he was traded? he averaged less than a point per game, he was not his old self, not at all. his stats from last year look so good because he went crazy in atlanta. he is a total one dimensional player who is even worse on defense than most high scoring wingers.  short term he will provide them with a boost and add depth, but long term, lou has shot himself in the foot. ilya’s days of 50-plus and 90-plus are gone.

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  3. Bob Barker says:

    They also maintain laughable depth at the wing position. If the Kings are serious about winning the Cup they need to spend to the cap to maximize their chances. 

    I think Doughty would be able to command 6-7 million regardless of what Kovalchuk did as he’s already become one of the best d-men in the league. Sign him to a ridiculous term also.

    I think Lombardi would just laugh if Johnson and Simmonds tried to use either Kovalchuk or Doughty’s contract as a comparable. 

  4. SeriousFan09 says:

    Actually I’d say the reaction would be a mix of “WOOHOO!!!! PLAN THE PARADE!” Than we’d have “ARGH!!! Moody Russian!” with “He’s a choker!!!” sprinkled with some “This cap situation is a nightmare! We have to lose someone now!”

    If MTL made the deal and we were missing say Cammalleri or Gionta, that would be a fantastic way to boost scoring and I’d be okay about it probably, however if we didn’t have Markov plus Subban coming up through the system (as is the case for NJD) than I’d argue we’re trying to be like the Caps and ignore defence, favour offence and it will backfire. That is why I’ve been knocking NJ, I would argue they are ignoring what is actually holding them back.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  5. ed lopaz says:

    oh ya – forgot to add – ever consider that Maclean will be taking them in a different direction than Lemaire??

  6. JD_ says:

    Lamoriello would not have done this deal five years ago. He has always been the epitome of conservative management. That is why this swing for the fences – both in terms of the immediate talent boost, as well as the cachet attached to having a player like Kovy II on your roster – is something so out-of-character for the guy it just smacks of swan song.

    Not suggesting it’s the wrong or right thing to do – that’s a whole other discussion – but am asserting that what went down is most certainly not typical of the Devils organization.

  7. Malreg says:

    Did you read the whole post?

    “We would also have to make some room salary wise.  We could send Spacek and Weber(an add-in to make up for Spacek’s contract) to a team that is in dire need of defensemen, such as Columbus or Anaheim for a pick or prospect.”

    It’s not like I’m suggesting something impossible, or do you think that there isn’t a single team in the NHL that would not take Spacek plus a solid prospect in Webber in exchange for a middle draft pick or another prospect?

     

  8. nightmare_49 says:

    …  Wrinklemania.

  9. Bugs says:

    So he could go play elsewhere? No, Bobby.

    If he can play, he’ll play for Joisy. Honor his contract. They’ll let him “walk away” when he can’t play no more.

    Keepin it real, I be chillin as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Brotha to the Man with the Plan, Product-runnin Lead Houndogg with the Voodoo Flannel Posse, and Pimp Extraordinaire of Habsbros Mama Jones Snow Cones, muthafugga: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  10. ed lopaz says:

    Other teams make it a SHORT TERM priority because their marketing depends on it.

    In Montreal, there’s 21, 273 at the “Molson Center” regardless; and millions pouring in from multiple

    revenue streams.

    Gauthier has not even come close to making the moves necessary to take this team over the top.

    Not for next year, at least. Not even close.

    Even the fans have become complacent.

    “we have a great team, I expect us to get through the first round next year – but watch out the following season!!!

    that was posted just yesterday on this site.

     

     

     

  11. Bill J says:

    Erm

    “The NHL should seriously look at this contract. It makes a farce of the
    CBA.”

    No you didn’t perhaps you meant to say it, but you did not.

  12. Bugs says:

    Awww, I wanted Madoff.

    Keepin it real, I be chillin as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Brotha to the Man with the Plan, Product-runnin Lead Houndogg with the Voodoo Flannel Posse, and Pimp Extraordinaire of Habsbros Mama Jones Snow Cones, muthafugga: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  13. forskis says:

    Good point.

    However, this may be fair in pointing out:  it is all legal even if we do not agree with the letter of the law vs. the spirit of the law…but if Montreal pulled this off, many on here who already complain that Montreal no longer stands above the NHL, lacks class, etc. will use this as proof that the organization is playing in the muck with the others and that this legal contractual shenanigan demonstrates how the Habs have lost so much class since the ”old days”.

    Besides, this is the Habs…no matter what you do, no matter how good or how bad, half will like it and half will not.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  14. HardHabits says:

    Somebody will be pissing in his cornflakes soon enough!

  15. Bugs says:

    No. I suppose it isn’t.

    Keepin it real, I be chillin as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Brotha to the Man with the Plan, Product-runnin Lead Houndogg with the Voodoo Flannel Posse, and Pimp Extraordinaire of Habsbros Mama Jones Snow Cones: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  16. SmartDog says:

    I hear they’ve got a new capologist named Jethro. 

    ———
    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  17. Bob Barker says:

    With the team’s permission, he can walk away from the contract I believe. 

     

  18. punkster says:

    OK, so this is nothing more than my view and not a knock on yours, for the most part.

    Depends on where you sit. In the owner’s chair you want a profitable franchise. Profit is everything and a Cup does not guarantee profits, just ask Mr. Gillett.

    If you’re in the GM chair you want a consistently winning team. A Cup would be great but there’s nothing like a consistently winning team to ensure longevity of your job.

    If you’re the coach or player then mabe the Cup becomes more important and serves as a goal or objective to reach that signifies success. However as a player your number one priority is money to ensure you and your family are set for life after what will likely be a very short career (given retirement comes before 40 usually).

    If you’re a fan, ahhh now here’s where the Cup becomes very important. You cheer for a single team often throughout your whole life, go through the ups and downs season after season, watch your fav players gro up, do well, fail, get traded then choose other fav players and start over again. A Cup would be the crowning glory for the years of tears.

    Now, last but not least, if you’re a video gamer and view pro hockey as an extension of your NHL 10 then, yes, the Cup is your “PRIMARY OBJECTIVE”.

    FREE TIMO!

  19. Bill J says:

    Not many are arguing the Cap hit was not a stroke of genius.

    What people are saying (at least it is MY opinion) is that the Devils + Kovy2 and this contract…. Doesn’t make sense.

    Kovy2 does NOT play a defensive game, the Devils have played a FULL on defensive game for nearly 20 years.  It is what has made Brodeur shine.

    So this deal CAN go bad for the Devils.  Time in this case will tell the story.

    And dare I say it, History will be made. ;)

  20. TripleX says:

     

    I agree Bugs.  The Kings have a great young team but they need a STAR to sell the game in superficial LA LA LAND.

    Sour grapes, and now with Gagne gone to Tampa what has LA done to get stronger or more attractive to fickle fans?

     

    “And I am really looking forward to watching Michael Cammalleri in the NHL. He had an awesome year in the AHL.” PIERRE McGUIRE

  21. nightmare_49 says:

       The Habs have a new capologist but he is not available for a press conference at the moment, he’s Earl Jones.

  22. HabFab says:

    And to think when I read his post earlier and your response, I thought to myself. What a pair of wise men… ancient but wise!!

  23. SmartDog says:

    I totally agree. He sounds like even more of an ass. though if you listen to the full thing he always says stuff like “If I was in the same exact situation again I’d make the same exact decision” (in other words, I went with what I could see then… and I’d be just as fooled again!) and once he said “I didn’t think we’d finish 29th in the league” (in other words I had no idea what I was giving up).

    Thank God for Burkie, the Laffs just keep on comin!

    ——–
    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  24. ed lopaz says:

    “All prejudices aside”???? what did you sprinkle on your breakfast this morning?

     

  25. forskis says:

    You are getting somewhat carried away again…NJ has not won a playoff series since 2003, which means that they have not won the Cup since their last one…still has been a long time…NJ’s goal may be to win the Cup, but when they do not and since they have not even with Kovalchuk with Brodeur, you should consider it a failure as much as you consider the recent Canadiens to be a failure.  You are trying to spin it again as:  the rest of the NHL >> the Canadiens.

    The goal of the Canadiens every year is to win the Cup as responsibly managed as possible…just because they do not manage things the way you or someone else would does not make the goal otherwise.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  26. HabsFanInTampa says:

    Except Alex Tanguay sucked by the time he was sent packing to the Bolts.

  27. Halak the Franchise says:

    Nope, but they can “loan” him.

  28. G-Man says:

    That sucking sound you hear is most of the American teams swirling as they approach the drain…

  29. Bugs says:

    For what?

    No-name Ivans or draft picks?

    Keepin it real, I be chillin as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Brotha to the Man with the Plan, Product-runnin Lead Houndogg with the Voodoo Flannel Posse, and Pimp Extraordinaire of Habsbros Mama Jones Snow Cones, muthafugga: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  30. Bill J says:

    The Kings are not the Habs.

    As far as memory serves with me about them…. They have rarely spent to the Cap of late.

    By not signing Kovy2 to this type of contract, they

    1) can afford their own home grown talent (in some cases at a cap hit of 4-5-6 Million per) and still not necessarily spend to the Cap ceiling.

    2) Do not artificially inflate the value of the homegrown talent. (IE instead of 4-5-6 Million per, the danger is that Doughty may demand 7-8 Million for example)

    It is food for thought, ;)

  31. TripleX says:

    Get serious people!

    Lou made the deal of the decade yesterday.  There are 39 players with a bigger cap hit than KovyII.  Yes, 39!

    If you can get one of the best players in the world for 6 million a year it is a steal.  

    All prejudices aside if PG or Gainey had made this deal you would be jumping up and down.  Just because it was not Montreal making the deal does not make it a disaster.

     

     

    “And I am really looking forward to watching Michael Cammalleri in the NHL. He had an awesome year in the AHL.” PIERRE McGUIRE

  32. Bugs says:

    What do you mean “after subtracting Spacek”? What’s this all of a sudden? Spacek is moving now?

    If everything in your proposition functions under the notion that other unmentioned, behind-the-scenes moves will lend themselves perfectly to your proposition’s accommodation, Mally, then why even propose it in the first place?

    Yes, of course it’ll work.

    Now do Crosby.

    Keepin it real, I be chillin as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Brotha to the Man with the Plan, Product-runnin Lead Houndogg with the Voodoo Flannel Posse, and Pimp Extraordinaire of Habsbros Mama Jones Snow Cones, muthafugga: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  33. Bob Barker says:

    Yeah it’s hilarious. You can see how defensive he gets. 

  34. ed lopaz says:

    yes – I agree – here on HIO many have already conceded 2010/11, and now they’re looking forward to

    2011/12; when Hamrlik and AK46 come off the books; we will have an extra 9 milllion to spend!!

    maybe we should try and win something in 2010/11 first?

  35. SeriousFan09 says:

    Ed, no where in the NHL is the idea that the purpose of a team is to win the Stanley Cup ranked as highly as in Montreal.

    What I and several others have posted on here in the last several days is we consider The New Jersey Devils to be a fading hockey power, bereft of the great tools that once made them a mini-dynasty through the mid-90s to early 2000s. No Scott Niedermayer, no Scott Stevens, or Brian Rafalski, Brodeur at 38 still trying to play like he’s 25. Kovalchuk will certainly boost their PP and give them extra goal scoring, but I would argue that he is not what the organization needed to recapture past glory. Kudos for finding one hell of an escape clause in the salary cap, but they’d better hope their D prospects develop into a powerful group because IMO, they have lost what made them a true power.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  36. HabFanSince72 says:

    Can’t Jersey trade him to the KHL?

  37. Bob Barker says:

    The Kings have 30 million in cap space next season. 30 million!! Players like Handzus and Williams will be let go and Schenn and Moller will replace them.

    They could have easily signed Kovalchuk at a 6 million cap hit and kept Doughty, Simmonds and Johnson. The only one of the three that will be able to command big money is Doughty. The cap is not even close to being a problem for the Kings.

    The owner says it wasn’t for lack of cash but I definitely think it was. 

  38. G-Man says:

    I am simply surprised that a league filled with lawyers couldn’t draft a CBA to protect each other from themselves. Stupid is as stupid does.

  39. nightmare_49 says:

    Frank – There is always a way to make a deal even if you have little cap room as the Flyers have proven over and over, i think you have been reading to many posts by posters with no creativity, like Stevie K.

  40. avatar_58 says:

    Burke amuses me when he says he doesn’t regret it

  41. HardHabits says:

    Now that the capologist is gone who’s going to explain the math of this deal to BG and PG. Where’s Ross Perot when you need him?

  42. Bugs says:

    I…think that would be illegal.

    Under contract; go play elsewhere? Illegal. No?

    If he can play, he’ll play for Joisy.

    Keepin it real, I be chillin as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Brotha to the Man with the Plan, Product-runnin Lead Houndogg with the Voodoo Flannel Posse, and Pimp Extraordinaire of Habsbros Mama Jones Snow Cones, muthafugga: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  43. Curtoph says:

    Damnit!!!!!!!!! well how about this, a bajillion times more than last year ;)

  44. Bugs says:

    Not as big a gain as them GETTING him, I would imagine.

    Sour grapes, Nightscape. All it is. Dress it up, spruce it up, and perfume it up all you want, but it’s sour grapes.

    (crazy voice) “Not getting Kovy is GOOD for us.”

    Horse-poop. They blew it. Now being helped to save face. All it is. Like Burke defending Kessel. Blew it. Saving face. All it is.

    Keepin it real, I be chillin as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Brotha to the Man with the Plan, Product-runnin Lead Houndogg with the Voodoo Flannel Posse, and Pimp Extraordinaire of Habsbros Mama Jones Snow Cones, muthafugga: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  45. Malreg says:

    Why would we do that?  There would be almost the same amount of cap space after subtracting Spacek as there was before this fictional situation.

  46. Bill J says:

    Tanguay may be a “soft douche”

    But Gagné is made of glass.

    Both carry high risks, and yes potentially high rewards — IF they stay healthy.

  47. Bob Barker says:

    In reality, Kovalchuk’s contract is only 11 years. The actual salary drops to $550,000 after that. There’s no chance he’ll stick around to play for that money. The KHL will probably offer him 5 mil/per and he’ll finish his career there like Jagr and Fedorov. 

  48. SeriousFan09 says:

    Right on, I’ll get my Angry Mob pitchfork.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  49. The Teacher says:

    I did, hence stating that the league should take a look at the CBA :D

  50. HabFab says:

    Responded to your fishing expedition last night to the Esquire. If I read you correctly.

  51. ed lopaz says:

    and with the owner’s permission, one last kick at the can.

    some posters here do NOT understand the “PRIMARY OBJECTIVE” of NHL hockey is to win the Stanley Cup.

    in Montreal, its, “oh ya! How many playoff series have you won since 2003?”

    In New Jersey, its “win the cup!!”.

  52. SlovakHab says:

    1. Kovalchuk

    2. Briere and

    2. Gomez

    4.- 99. anyone else

    100. Lecavalier

    101. Redden

  53. nightmare_49 says:

    …  Seems Sporting News writer Craig Custance agrees with 24 Cups

       

       Loss in Kovalchuk sweepstakes also could be Kings’ gain

       Read more: http://www.sportingnews.com/nhl/article/2010-07-19/loss-kovalchuk-sweepstakes-also-could-be-kings-gain#ixzz0uEeJlJ5d

  54. The Teacher says:

    LOL, this was an amusing exchange.

     

    P.S. is the language at the end of your sig really necessary, regardless of how it is spelled?

  55. Bob Barker says:

    Doughty could sign a 24-year contract $100 million dollar contract. Johnson and Simmonds won’t get nearly as much. Maybe 3 million per for each of them. 

    I don’t think 11.5 million becomes the benchmark for any forwards other than Crosby, Malkin, Ovechkin and eventually. Stamkos. Kovalchuk has scored the second most goals since the lockout and is on pace for over 700 in his career. 

    Both Vanek and Briere “earned” 10 million in one of their contract years, I doubt that became the benchmark when negotiating with Tim Connolly and Mike Richards.  

  56. ed lopaz says:

    Gauthier is part of the GM “clique”, and he would never undermine Sather in that way.

    These guys have too much respect (unfounded) for each other, to start making one another look bad.

    You are entirely right in your analysis – IMHO.

    However, Gauthier is not the type of GM to do it.

     

  57. SeriousFan09 says:

    Over, 35-38G.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  58. HabFab says:

    Mike was the ultimate professional. See him coaching real soon.

    As for the defenseman, not sure we have room to do much this season. Next season we will be able to make moves there. 

  59. JD_ says:

    “There’s only one thing I love more than money. You know what that is? Other people’s money.” – Danny DeVito as Lawrence Garfield in Other People’s Money (1991)

    For years, Lamoriello kept a pretty tight fist on the Devils’ budget. Marty B, who out of Raymond Bourquish loyalty was accepting less money than he’d get in the open market, was always going to be the highest paid player on the team. Lou kinda caved with Elias and has now thrown the doors wide open with Kovy II.

    Feels like a legacy move, sealing the deal on the post-Brodeur era. Think, at 67 going on 68, this is Lou’s SwanSongMoment™. One last kick at the can, then off into the sunset, with maybe Marty possibly in tow.

    Lamoriello’s paw prints are all over the organization, with two sons actively employed in senior positions – who knows, maybe his son Christopher is being groomed for the job when he steps down – so Lou’s influence should be felt well into his 70s. His legacy certainly will; he just signed up one of the league’s premiere talents into perpetuity. Makes for good epitath material.

    He knows what he’s doing. This is former Lehman Bros rainmaker Jeffrey Vanderbeek’s money and, like DeVito teaches us, there’s nothing better than other people’s money. Lamoriello was a math teacher before he became a hockey man and he’s most certainly done the math. Loopholes are called loopholes because they are meant to be exploited.

    Agree with the notion the Habs may as well lock up Markov before the window inevitably closes.

  60. SlovakHab says:

    Really?

    Worse than Thomas, Huet, Lecavalier, Redden and Drury?

  61. Bugs says:

    You DO know that in Sri-lankan, “bajillion” means 4, right?

    Four goals??? C’mon, mate. Give’m some credit.

    Keepin it real, I be chillin as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Brotha to the Man with the Plan, Product-runnin Lead Houndogg with the Voodoo Flannel Posse, and Pimp Extraordinaire of Habsbros Mama Jones Snow Cones, muthafugga: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  62. Bill J says:

    Unfortunately – THAT can not be done.

    Contracts can not be “re-structured”

    If Sather had used his head when he signed Gomez, MAYBE Gomez’s cap hit would have been closer to 4-5 Million (IE last few years at 1-2 Million per)

    Sigh… Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda.

  63. Bugs says:

    100% agree.

    (shakes fist and the like)

    Keepin it real, I be chillin as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Brotha to the Man with the Plan, Product-runnin Lead Houndogg with the Voodoo Flannel Posse, and Pimp Extraordinaire of Habsbros Mama Jones Snow Cones, muthafugga: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  64. Rugger says:

    over, 35-37

  65. HardHabits says:

    I am suprised you didn’t say, “17 years to spread the crap out over time is a bogus shithole of a team that hasn’t won the Cup.”

  66. Bugs says:

    Agree.

    Shoulda stopped at 16.

    Keepin it real, I be chillin as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Brotha to the Man with the Plan, Product-runnin Lead Houndogg with the Voodoo Flannel Posse, and Pimp Extraordinaire of Habsbros Mama Jones Snow Cones, muthafugga: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  67. Curtoph says:

    Over! Everyone will stay healthy, and score a bajillon goals each!!! Go optimism!

  68. Bugs says:

    How would PG approaching Gagne affect where he’d be traded?

    Keepin it real, I be chillin as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Brotha to the Man with the Plan, Product-runnin Lead Houndogg with the Voodoo Flannel Posse, and Pimp Extraordinaire of Habsbros Mama Jones Snow Cones, muthafugga: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  69. krob1000 says:

    Everyone says Briere is soft…and that “we dodged a bullet” …but in his three seasons in Philly his playoff stats are off the charts….he has played 46 playoff games….in those games he has accumulated 22 goals and 50 points!!!……. not bad for a supposedly soft player and terrible contract.  That being said….your question …… 1. Kovalchuk 2. Briere. 3. Lecavelier 4. Gomez 5. anyone but Redden….you couldn’t stick me with that contract with a bazooka full of super glue.

  70. Bugs says:

    And tell the Priceberg to go screw himself?

    Keepin it real, I be chillin as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Brotha to the Man with the Plan, Product-runnin Lead Houndogg with the Voodoo Flannel Posse, and Pimp Extraordinaire of Habsbros Mama Jones Snow Cones, muthafugga: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  71. Bugs says:

    Over/under number of goals for Cap’n Gio: 31.5

    Call it.

    Keepin it real, I be chillin as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Brotha to the Man with the Plan, Product-runnin Lead Houndogg with the Voodoo Flannel Posse, and Pimp Extraordinaire of Habsbros Mama Jones Snow Cones, muthafugga: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  72. Malreg says:

    Here’s an interesting idea (which I admit would never happen in the real world, but it’s fun to discuss anyways!).

    The Canadiens should pull a San Jose and sign Marc Staal to an offersheet.  4 years, $16 million.  Staal is a very solid shutdown defenceman who can also handle the puck when he needs to, and he was a consideration for Team Canada.  At 6″04 he would much needed size and toughness to our blue-line, is only 23 years old, and he has only missed 2 games over the last 3 years.  He could anchor a blue-line for the next 12 years, so I think he is definitely worth the 1st and 3rd round picks we would give up in compensation.

    It’s a win/win scenario.  If the Rangers match(which they most likely would), it puts them in a world of hurt cap wise.  They have the cap space to match, but they still need to add a top 6 scoring winger.  Also, if they match it means they have $18.8 million tied up to 4 defenseman (Roszival 5, LolRedden 6.5, Girardi 3.3, Staal 4).

    If the Rangers do not match, we give up a 1st and a 3rd round pick.  We would also have to make some room salary wise.  We could send Spacek and Weber(an add-in to make up for Spacek’s contract) to a team that is in dire need of defensemen, such as Columbus or Anaheim for a pick or prospect.  That would leave us with:

    Markov - Staal, Hamrlik – Subban, Gill – Gorges, and O’Byrne. 

  73. nickster13 says:

    hey dont blame the contracts, people do this stuff for a living to find loopholes, blame the rules!

  74. SeriousFan09 says:

    Weird moment of the year for me? Watching 93 Cup games on the NHL Classics archive the day of a Bulldogs/Manitoba Moose Playoff game and seeing Mike freakin’ Keane playing for the Moose.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/


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