The Kovalchoke

From the NY Times.com Slap Shot blog:

Sometime in the future, when the story of the Devils’ Ilya Kovalchuk
era is written, this video below may be the signature moment as New Jersey’s $100 million man flubbed his chance in the post-game
skills competition last night against the Sabres and the Devils remained winless on home ice this
season.

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The fans are already having fun with it. There’s the Kovalchoke video, with what sounds like the Red Army Chorus accompanying him; there’s the
“History Will Be Made” knockoff and you can click
here
if you need to be refreshed on the Patrik Stefan reference; and
then there’s this video. I don’t know what that is.

In a game where the theme could have been Lindy
Ruff coaching his 1000th game
or that two of the game’s top
goalies, Martin Brodeur and Ryan Miller, were both out injured,
Kovalchuk and his baggage stole the headline. And not in a good way.

That baggage includes his exit
from Atlanta
, the large package the Devils traded for him, his huge
contract and its accompanying
off-season controversy
, his team’s salary cap dilemma and his
scoring slump. It culminated in this embarrassment that prompted the
crowd of (allegedly) 14,566 to boo him as he exited.

Kovalchuk was also booed in the dying minutes of regulation when he
broke into the Sabres’ zone with a chance to win the game, but shot high
off the glass.

Other players are performing below expectations — the Sharks’ Joe
Pavelski, the Canadiens’ Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez, the Coyotes’
Wojtek Wolski, the Sabres’ Thomas Vanek and the Canucks’ Mikael
Samuelsson come to mind — but none of them occupy the same space in
hockey firmament’s as Kovalchuk.

Continue reading “The Morning Skate: The Kovalchoke.” >>

43 Comments

  1. WindowCleaningAkl says:

    Yeah, more than that.

     

     

     

  2. rogus says:

    Couldn’t have happened to a bigger douche! Good on ya Kovalchuk, way to live up to the contract!!!

  3. MikeMcLaren says:

    This one’s good:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2-h9iDZzi0

    And this one’s even better:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwgT9urOuHQ

     

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  4. ds says:

    What proof do you have that he is not a team player?  Kovalchuk was captain of the Thrashers and for team Russia at the Olympics.  He made Malkin & Ovechkin bury the hatchet.

     

    Kovalchuk made Antropov a star last year, same with guys like Kozlov etc, he never had a decent team so he was forced to carry that franchise by himself for years.  I think that’s why his play may seem selfish at times.  But I don’t think he’s a selfish player.

     

    Furthermore Atlanta offerred Kovalchuk 10 years, 100 million $ and he refused, more money than he got in the end.

     

    As for ego, every great player has ego.  You have to have it otherwise you are a follower.  Kovlachuk is a superstar and is being unfairly attacked because of his contract which is nowhere near the worst in the NHL.  6.67 million/year for a superstar left winger is a solid deal.  Look at guys like Luongo, Redden, Drury and a ton of others getting paid way more than what they are worth.

     

    One other point to make is that Steve Yzerman was a selfish player looking for points only.  In a sense he was justified playing with Ray Sheppard and Probert etc in Detroit but when Scotty Bowman became the coach he turned him into a great leader and a great 2 way player.  Kovalchuk is still young, nobody has scored more goals than him in the last 5 years and is just entering his prime.  The team’s system should go towards their strengths.  New Jersey has a great offense, poor defense and great goalie.  Parise/Kovalchuk/Elias/Zajak/Brodeur etc are all solid players.  Langenbrunner quit on his team in last years playoffs and so did many other players because of Lemaire but nobody complains about them.  Rolston makes 5 million/year, Arnott similar numbers.  And with all these contracts I don’t think NJ’s struggles are just Kovalchuk’s fault.  They have 3 legit stars (Parise, Elias, Brodeur) who are not named Kovalchuk, any team with those 3 is a contender.

    Also Kovalchuk was loyal to NJ who gave away some decent players for him.  After the NHL voided the first contract, he (Kovalchuk) told other teams he is not interested and only negotiated with the Devils to make the second contract.  Fact i the NHL didn’t make a stink with Luongo or Hossa or Savard or Pronger even though they had massive front loaded contracts.  They made an example of Kovalchuk so that teams stop doing it, it’s just politics between the NHLPA and the NHL nothing more. 

    Personally I would take a player of Kovalchuk’s size & skill & the fact he is entering his prime over most of the NHL any day.  His cap hit reflects his ability.  And he’s not going to play to the final years anyway so that’s nothing to worry about.  He’s a great player but his whole team is struggling it’s not solely his fault. 

     

    Gomez is a good player but definately overpaid nothing new, if NJ offerred me I’d take Gomez for Kovalchuk or Gomez & a 1st round pick for Kovalchuk any day.  Same goes for Cammelleri for Kovalchuk.  Any day of the week.

  5. Julie H says:

    “I don’t think I’ve ever seen that. I have seen guys who don’t get as much on the puck as they like but not a guy who stickhandles himself into oblivion.” Bahahaha. Kovyll is not living this down even if he scores game winners from now until the playoffs.

    “I know you’re wise beyond your years, but do you ever get the fear that your perfect verse is just a lie you tell yourself to help you get by?”

  6. MikeMcLaren says:

    Gomer’s last year of his contract is 2013-14

    Kovalchuk’s last year of his contract is 2024-25

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  7. Psycho29 says:

    I will keep Gomez and Cammy over Kovalchoke anytime. He’s not a team player.

    I loved that John McLean sat him out. For sure that decision had to pass by Uncle Lou’s office for approval.

  8. Don Carnage says:

    HAHAHAHAHA   guy screams “He lost the puck!!! ”     I love it

  9. shiram says:

    For all of his talent, and skills, i still would not really want him in the habs, he seems to be a very selfish player, not a team player. Plus the whole ego about him, not thank you.


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  10. Chuck says:

    There was a method to Gainey’s madness!  :)

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  11. HardHabits says:

    See. This is why the Gomez contract is worth every penny. Having Gomez assued that the Habs were out of the Kovalchuck sweepstakes last summer. Sorry Chris, wherever you are. 😉

  12. Malreg says:

    Eric Engels tweets that he heard Miroslav Satan is close to signing with an NHL team.  I really hope that team isn’t us…

    Meanwhile Bill Guerin’s agent says they haven’t heard from an NHL team in 2-3 weeks now.

  13. darcy1 says:

    unfair to compare struggling superstart to Halpern… if we compared him to Gomez, we wouldn’t feel so good.

    UPDATE: Gomez is 371st with 3 pts, and an 8 million dollar salary. 

  14. Danno says:

    Is that rat-faced weasel in stripes behind Kovalchoke none other than Chris Lee?

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  15. MikeMcLaren says:
    Ilya Kovalchuk “earns” $6.00 million this year ($6.66 million cap hit).  He has 3 goals and 5 assists for a total of 8 points in 15 games played.  His point total is 131st best in the league.
    Jeff Halpern EARNS 1/10 of that: $600,000 this year ($600,000 cap hit).  He has 4 goals and 6 assists for a total of 10 points in 15 games played.  His point total is 69th best in the league.

    Wow.

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  16. W35T5ID3 says:

    Hey folks can anyone provide a link where i can stream the habs/bruins game online???Please and thankyou!

  17. ds says:

    6.67 million is his cap hit I don’t get the fuss.  I’d take Kovalchuk on MTL over Gomez (higher cap) or Cammelleri (slightly lower cap hit) any day of the week.  Kovalchuk is the #2 left winger in the NHL behind only Ovechkin.  He’s struggling?  So is the whole team.  Maybe it has more to do with John McLean than him.  Last year after the trade and in the playoffs Kovalchuk was a ppg player.  Also he carried Atlanta for years the man has the right to be paid.  Just media hype because he’s russian. 

  18. otter649 says:

    Kovalchuk at his salary etc would be a top 3 pick for the shootout (for most) not pick number 4……..

  19. Mr.Hazard says:

    lol! Kovalchoke


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