What does Kovalchuk want?

And who’s going to give it to him?

L.A.? Nyet!

Two teams still in the hunt

Elliotte Friedman’s take

The lessons of this year’s market

Souray clears waivers

• Brian Burke keeps his promise

348 Comments

  1. cautiousoptimist says:

    That’s what I mean though — relative to those other UFAs, he’s making more but also has far more to offer.  Again, if Armstrong is worth $3M, Plekanec is easily worth $5M. 

    1. http://www.flickeringpictures.com – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  2. alestar says:

    Like a bad smell, just won’t go away…

     

    XXIV…and counting

  3. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Maybe we should let PK get one NHL season under his belt before we declare he’s ready to fill Markov’s shoes.

  4. nickster13 says:

    id make that trade anyday

  5. SeriousFan09 says:

    That trade is so messed up I’m just going to call it a Milbury and be done with it.

     

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

  6. crabvader says:

    I love how he tries to change his writing style, too. Hahahah

  7. Bugs says:

    Agree with your statement wholeheartedly.

    And I’ll pretend I didn’t see your PS as I know that in the meantime, you will have doublechecked your data.

    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

  8. Bob Barker says:

    Somebody tell Gauthier to hurry up and trade for Filatov. Columbus is in win-now mode. I’d even reluctantly trade Markov for him. Columbus gets their puck-moving D-man, Habs get young sniper with a low cap hit. Subban fills Markov shoes as OFD and either Weber or Carle make the team this year and help run the PP. Worst case scenario is the season’s a disaster and the Habs draft Sean Couturier, the elusive French Canadian superstar to annoint their lord and saviour.

  9. crabvader says:

    Sigh, here we go again…

  10. ed lopaz says:

    chemistry with AK 46? not sure about that one.

    chemistry with Cammy – agreed.

  11. CERF says:

    hes back!!!

  12. nickster13 says:

    thats a good contract, If Lats keeps up his stats thats a great deal with low risk since its only 2 years

  13. Puck Bard says:

    Hate going backwards.

  14. Drive_For_25 says:

    Clearly he fits in with a lot of the other Russian players in that he wants the big contract with a team that doesn’t make the playoffs, or make a good run in the playoffs, because you only get paid for regular season (bonuses aside) and he DOESN’T CARE about winning a Cup.  He can go to the KHL with all other Ruski’s for all I care.

  15. nickster13 says:

    maybe he just really doesnt wanna play for the teams that have offered so far :P

  16. SLONCOLD says:

    Kinda surprised no one is yappin’ about the Latendresse contract in minny for 5M over 2 years…

  17. ed lopaz says:

    yup.

    also offered over 4 million to Komisarek last summer.

    and, if I’m not mistaken, around 4 or 5 million to Kovalev.

  18. Gormdog says:

    Always liked Hammer. It’s a shame guys like him and Gomez get dumped all over for the amount of money they make, as if anyone here would say no to a sather-esque contract to play a game?

     

    Oh and PS Bugs Forlan is a striker not a midfielder…. Bastien all the way!

  19. ed lopaz says:

    tony!!!

  20. PeterStone says:

    BG did offer him a 5yr 5M$ contract didnt he ?

  21. mike g says:

    They killed Andreas Escobar…

    AT the time, he was the young star of the Columbian WC team that scored in his own net. Like you said, he went out to party one night soon after, got into a fight after some guys were bothering him about it, and bang.

    That was it.

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  22. CERF says:

    i’m with you!

  23. PeterStone says:

    IMO, if kovy was greedy, he would’ve signed for 100M$ which he was offered.  Maybe he’s … negotiating …

  24. ed lopaz says:

    Who ISN’T overpaid?

    Josh Gorges

  25. ZepFan2 says:

    I couldn’t tell you. I watched the Escobar doc on TSN and the other on HBO.

    I tell you, the Magic and Bird one was excellent.

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    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    – Sam Pollock

  26. Jbird says:

    I was sober.  

  27. avatar_58 says:

    Who said the Devils were a winning team? Trap hockey nonstop doesn’t always guaruntee a win. You could literally see the frustration mount in Kovalchuk, he was trying to do everything himself in the last few games.

    Think Kovy + Ovechkin or Kovy + Crosby. The habs were a Kovalchuk away from a Stanely Cup. He needs to choose a team with goals and decent scorers.

  28. Bugs says:

    Who ISN’T overpaid?

    Which guy makin MILLIONS playing a game a lotta folk would do for free is UNDERPAID?

    C’mon.

    The Hamr is all that. Love the guy. Great veteran contribution. Excellent signing for the Habs. Proud to have him on the team.

    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

  29. G-Man says:

    So, who do you think would pay him?

  30. likehoy says:

    damn…i guess ovechkin sucks too…

  31. derfab says:

    Hamrlik is overpayed but he was and remains our best D-man with Markov out.

  32. twilighthours says:

    Beautiful story about Brian Burke and his family.  Thanks for sharing, Boone.

  33. avatar_58 says:

    I still don’t understand why Kovalchuk wouldn’t take a 1-2 year 5-6 mil contract and get himself a cup or two. Imagine if he joined the caps or pens (before large blueline signings)?

    Instead he demands money that only a bottom dweller with no stars can afford. I’m sorry but this tells me he’s greedy, not looking for a cup. If he’s as good as he thinks he is a short term contract on a winning team would only INCREASE his value.

  34. Bugs says:

    Escobar’s “INVOLVEMENT” in the drug trade??? His involvement??? He was the KING. The LORD AND MASTER of the drug trade. Was more than “involved”.

    Until the Yanks shot him on the roof of his house and showed the corpse to his mommy, that is. “There’s your son, ma’am.”

    We kinda figured the bad guys might be involved when they killed Saldariga (or whatever) after the own-goal took’em out of a tournament. ’94 in the US of A unless I’m mistaken.

    Done gone walked into a bar he was drinkin in and blew’m away, easy as you please.

    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

  35. Mr. Biter says:

    Wow, BG was so dumb not to sign SS  an often injured d-man to a $5,500,000.00 5 year contract , while the oilers were so smart. Guess Bob was right. just think, what that cap hit would have done right now. For $500,000 i’d sign him to a 1 year deal for the PP, if the mighty MAB does not return. Also PK will be around a long time however Weber, I don’t believe is ready for prime time and may never be.

  36. Rob says:

    funny that you brought up Israel in conjunction with you support of liberty.  should ask the palestinians how they feel about Israel’s connection with the concept of liberty.  :P

  37. mike g says:

    I just checked quickly on the net, including ESPN.COM, for a complete box-set of all the ESPN Films made.

    I couldn’t find one though, they just sell them individually for 15$. I know I can DL them off the net straight onto my hard-drive, but do you know if they came out with collector box-sets or something?

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  38. ZepFan2 says:

    No problem. Had many of those. ;)

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  39. Sheldon says:

    Miss me?

  40. crabvader says:

    Betty!

  41. cautiousoptimist says:

    Aw come on, we didn’t overpay — sure Pleks makes more money than guys like Prospal, Cullen and Jokinen, but that’s because he has way more to offer.  Would you trade him for any of them?

    Pleks got 70 points last year, defended leads and killed every penalty.  Aside from Marleau, who’s earning $2M more than him, none of those guys did that.  None of them even scored 60 points, and several didn’t even manage 50.  If a 3rd-line 29-point banger like Armstrong gets $3M, you don’t think Plekanec is worth $5M?

    1. http://www.flickeringpictures.com – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  42. ed lopaz says:

    slight correction – Zherdev was drafted 4th in 2003 – and played on the same team as AK46 CSKA Moskow.

    http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=70844

    I truly believe that the Habs were scouting Zherdev at a CSKA Moscow game, when they stumbled on AK 46.

    they took AK46 # 10 in 2003 – notwithstanding his epilepsy, and the fact that he had missed most of his draft year injured.

    http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=70846

    its amazing how long NHL teams will wait for their # 1 picks to shine.

    the scouts take a big hit when a #1 pick does not end up making an impact at the NHL level, a ton of

    money, training resources, etc goes in to making sure these # 1’s pan out.

     

     

     

  43. ZepFan2 says:

    That was a really good one. The main thing I got from that, don’t score on your own team in the big game. Yikes!

    Just watched, Magic and Bird. Another excellent doc.

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    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    – Sam Pollock

  44. Mad Habber says:

    Doesnt look like aging defenseman (Souray cleared waivers)  have alot of value right now, I don’t see anyone taking him. Though if the Habs throw in a prospect or pick someone might take him…

  45. nickster13 says:

    why wow? means gio is popular while poo poo isnt? lol

  46. mike g says:

    Was that not a great story or what?

    I’m not sure if the Jack in my system influenced the weight of the story or not. But I will watch it again tonight without any substances in me just to make sure.

    I’m positive it will still be crazy.

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  47. punkster says:

    I’m afraid everyone overpays for so-called professional talent these days. What’s a few mil here or there, right?

    FREE TIMO!

  48. cautiousoptimist says:

    Aside from Marleau (who’s making a mint), I’d take Plekanec over any of those guys for Pleks’s $5M.  His production and tendency to stay healthy make him a really valuable commodity, and I find we tend to undervalue our own players while overvaluing guys on other teams — sort of a “grass is always greener” complex.  Pleks is worth every penny, and I’m thrilled to have him at that price.

    1. http://www.flickeringpictures.com – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  49. Say Ash says:

    Just an observation:

    I’m at Dorval Airport yesterday (yup, I still call it that), going back to Vancouver and I wanted to pick up a Gio T-Shirt at that Habs store. Well, they didn’t have any. What they did have was three racks of Pouliot shirts. Wow.

  50. Jbird says:

    I saw that as well – chilling stuff.  

  51. nickster13 says:

    hmm AK or Zherdev… Zherdev! Equally young and enigmatic, but more speed and consistency (not by much)

  52. mike g says:

    OK, OK, OK….

    Enough talk about the greater Kovy, how we can trade Hamrlik even though nobody wants him, how we can trade for Gagne (who’s made of glass), blah blah blah…..

    I’m here to tell you guys how to spend about 2 hours of your life watching one of the best sport/political films I have ever seen. Friday night I was buzzing on half a bottle of Gentlemen’s Jack, when I tuned in to TSN at midnight. What I found was another one of the usually great “ESPN Films”, this one however about Pablo Escobar and his influence on Columbian soccer. Now just to let you all know, soccer doesn’t really fizz me. I prefer many sports over it, and I’ll only watch the World Cup because I feel it is somewhat of a human obligation; the same way we find ourselves sometimes watching water-polo or cross-country skiing in the Olympics.

    But for those 2 hours on Friday night/Saturday morning, I found myself litterally glued to the flat-screen. First of all, ESPN is the mecca of television sports coverage. They find the best and most entertaining ways to make every story a great story. And trust me when I say this, they nailed this one. Escobar is known for his involvement in the drug trade, but his passion for the sport of soccer was insane.

    I don’t know how else to explain it, but trust me when I say you have to watch this film. I’m sure you can find it on Youtube. Just find it and watch it, lol…

    ps- I saw the Reggie Miller “ESPN Films” documentary a few months ago and it was also good.

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  53. Say Ash says:

    OK, performance bonus: Score 50 and get free pickles!

  54. RGM says:

    Speaking as a student of history, an advocate of liberty and democracy, and a supporter of Israel, I am deeply offended by your original comment. Your follow-ups were offensive on a personal level. Your insincere, backhanded apology is contemptible – you can keep it.

    Scotty Bowman said it best: “Don’t trade Carey Price.”

  55. nickster13 says:

    i want only 1 enigma, so if we sign him, Kosty has to go…

  56. C3P1 says:

    We may have overpaid for him but we needed to. He has great chemistry with cammy and ak46 and he is a tremendous 2 way forward.  plus a fan favorite, it was something that PG needed to do.  he is also much, much, better than any of those players except marleau.  people love olli jokinen for some reason, fact of the matter is that he sucks and has only succeeded when he was the top dog in the dressing room on the ice (florida).  everywhere else, phoenix (doan). calgary (iggy), and NYR (lundy/gaborik) he has been awful.

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  57. likehoy says:

    i rather nikita filatov…zherdev’s an enigma much like andrei kostitsyn…i would even take maxim afinogenov ahead of zherdev.

  58. Paulin98C says:

    Currently signed:

    C- Scott GOMEZ = 7.357143
    C- Mike CAMMALLERI = 6.0
    C- Tomas PLEKANEC = 5.0
    C- Lars ELLER = 1.270833
    C- Ben MAXWELL = 0.850
    C- Dustin BOYD = 0.650
    C- Tom PYATT = 0.500
    RW- Brian GIONTA = 5.0
    RW- Ryan WHITE = 0.850
    LW- Andrei KOSTITSYN = 3.250
    LW- Travis MOEN = 1.500
    LW- Benoit POULIOT = 1.375
    LW- Max PACIORETTY = 0.875
    D- Andrei MARKOV = 5.750
    D- Roman HAMRLIK = 5.500
    D- Jaroslav SPACEK = 3.833
    D- Hal GILL = 2.250
    D- Josh GORGES = 1.100
    D- Ryan O’BYRNE = 0.942
    D- P.K. SUBBAN = 0.875
    D- Yannick WEBER = 0.875
    G- Alex AULD = 1.0

    BUYOUT: Georges LARAQUE = 0.500

    TOTAL = 57.102976

    LINE-UP

    CAMMALLERI – PLEKANEC – KOSTITSYN
    POULIOT – GOMEZ – GIONTA
    PACIORETTY – ELLER – PYATT
    MOEN – BOYD – WHITE

    MAXWELL

    MARKOV – O’BYRNE
    HAMRLIK – SUBBAN
    SPACEK – GORGES

    GILL – WEBER

    XXXXXXXX
    AULD

  59. sidhu says:

    Zherdev is looking to come back to the NHL.  Should we go after him?  He was the #4 pick in 2004, scored 20+ goals in his last season in the NHL.

  60. Pat8987 says:

    just noticed this..Arron Asham is a UFA! Sign him Gauthier, this is the type of player we need!

     

    1.5 over 2 years….750k cap hit….

     

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmPFvH3jJZw

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FOSAxfmsNQ

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBIjvDUFdOM&feature=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5So3p4PIhqQ&feature=related

     

     

     

  61. likehoy says:

    so with some UFA signings already done…how is plekanec’s 5million/yr contract looking?

    matt lombardi: 3.5/yr
    jokinen: 3/yr
    matt cullen: 3.5/yr
    marleau: 6.9/yr
    Koivu: 2.5/yr
    whitney: 3/yr
    armstrong 3/yr
    prospal: 2.1/yr

    would plekanec really have commanded 5/yr in the market or did we over pay before we saw what people were paying? 

    i think plekanec has a bit more to offer than the players listed above so his contract seems alright since most of the players who signed are old.

     

  62. Clay4bc says:

    i’m still waiting for the satori…I’ll let you know when it hits.

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    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Denis Diderot

  63. dudurules says:

    ya.. that too… who’d take him? Philly’s jaked on D now..

  64. dudurules says:

    I wouldn’t keep Hammer either but Souray is done… great guy but the injuries kill chemistry… go with O’byrne no?

  65. nHL80 says:

    Yo, Calgary Flames, everything comes in threes….do you want Hamrlik back?

  66. Rugger says:

    Agree and I think that trading Hammer will be next to impossible at his rate.  Maybe at the deadline but not now.

  67. nHL80 says:

    great article about Burke…

  68. Clay4bc says:

    Souray is but a shadow of his former self. Too many injuries. He was a favourite of mine, but I wouldn’d take him back now.

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    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Denis Diderot

  69. Pat8987 says:

    The possibilities endless yet realistic (tell me that does not look sexy!)

  70. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    I agree, Hammer should be moved.  He’s getting a salary that reflects an offensive ability that we haven’t seen from him in years.  Like Gomer his salary is grossly inflated from his point production,  and you can’t afford to be sentimental when running a team in a salary cap reality.

  71. Pat8987 says:

     

    If I were habs GM…

     

    Trade Harmlik for anything at this point (a 4th rounder would do) *- 5.5mil

    Trade A. Tits to Philly with a 2nd round for Asham and Gagne +4mil

    Pick up Souray on reentry waivers +2.5mil (our power play would be deadly…)

     

    Line 1) Gagne – Gomez – Gionta

    Line 2) Pouliot – Pleks – Cammy

    Line 3) Asham – Eller – Lapierre

    Line 4) Moen – Boyd – Pyatt

    Line 1 D) Markov – Subban

    Line 2 D) Spakec – Souray

    Line 3 D) Gill – Georges

  72. Clay4bc says:

    If you are truly offended, than my apologies, and I retract my tongue-in-cheek statement. If – as I believe – you are just being a d**k, then I retract my apology.

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    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Denis Diderot

  73. Clay4bc says:

    Apologies, mate..had a rough day, and it went over my head.

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    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Denis Diderot

  74. blu3chip says:

    Trade Hamrlik and A. Kostitsyn then we can sign Kovalchuk to a 8 years 8
    mil per contract :)


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