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Is there a chance we can get Kovalchuk?

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if we get Raffi to waive his ntc ask Kovy to take a 2 yr deal for $6m a year and bring up Smith on the d then yes we could get him, as they say never say never but in this case maybe never is the right phrase !!

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If Kovalchuk is willing to play for under 3 million then there is a chance. Unfortunately for us, the guy turned down 100 million dollars over ten years (granted the offer was from atlanta). I would be surprised if he signed for any team at under six mil a year....just imagine if we could sign him though...Datysuk + Kovalchuk = unfair.

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if we get Raffi to waive his ntc ask Kovy to take a 2 yr deal for $6m a year and bring up Smith on the d then yes we could get him, as they say never say never but in this case maybe never is the right phrase !!

Deal! I just spoke to Riff Raf and he is willing to waive as long as he doesn't have to play denfence in NJ either.

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if we get Raffi to waive his ntc ask Kovy to take a 2 yr deal for $6m a year and bring up Smith on the d then yes we could get him, as they say never say never but in this case maybe never is the right phrase !!

It could've been done moving some salary around. Let's say Holland didn't re-sign Bert. What's that about a 2mil cap hit? You ship Ozzy to Tampa Bay for a prospect, There's close to another 2mil, and yes Obviously you'd have to get Raffi to waive his no-trade clause and ship him somewhere for a bag of sticks. We would've had to roll with some young D-men like Kindl and Smith, but it probably could've been done had Holland really wanted to do it.

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<br />It could've been done moving some salary around. Let's say Holland didn't re-sign Bert. What's that about a 2mil cap hit? You ship Ozzy to Tampa Bay for a prospect, There's close to another 2mil, and yes Obviously you'd have to get Raffi to waive his no-trade clause and ship him somewhere for a bag of sticks. We would've had to roll with some young D-men like Kindl and Smith, but it probably could've been done had Holland really wanted to do it.<br />
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It'd probably be more likely that they trade Flip and Krownwall or Stuart or something to get enough room. But not going to happen anyway unfortunately.

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People are hoping he'll sign here for $6M per year, eh? That equates to about what, $4M per year after taxes? How about $14M per year, tax free, to play in your home country and be close to family?

SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL offered Kovalchuk a $42 million, three-year deal in early June, according to a report in the Russian newspaper Sport-Express. He has not signed the deal. (Jun 24)

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/players/profile?playerId=1175

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People are hoping he'll sign here for $6M per year, eh? That equates to about what, $4M per year after taxes? How about $14M per year, tax free, to play in your home country and be close to family?

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/players/profile?playerId=1175

$14 million tax free? He should take the money. He's still young enough that he could come back to the NHL in the future to chase Cup dreams.

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