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#21 Opie

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 03:00 PM

 

NJ won't be paying him until then, they'll have a cap penalty.   I would assume that if he were to decide to come back though, the NHL will consider his contract with the Devils still valid so he would not be a UFA.

Good point, since he retired he will not be getting paid.

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 03:00 PM

Lou wishes him the best, and then calls Luca.

 

Sadly for the Devils, it appears that he was murdered by Sollozzo some time ago.



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 03:04 PM

Given all the press on him possibly not wanting to return to the NHL post-lockout last season, this news isn't as shocking as it could be imo.



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 03:04 PM

 

Sadly for the Devils, it appears that he was murdered by Sollozzo some time ago.

 

Yep, The Turk is dead too, and so is the guy who killed him.

 

Meanwhile, I agree, bad timing on the part of Kovalchuk.


Edited by stillwater, 11 July 2013 - 03:10 PM.


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Posted 11 July 2013 - 03:07 PM

 

Yep, The Turk is dead, and so is the guy who killed him.

 

 

 

It's a Sicilian message. It means Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes.


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Posted 11 July 2013 - 03:07 PM

Countdown to Brunner going to NJ begins in:

1...


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Posted 11 July 2013 - 03:09 PM

I don't feel sorry for the Devils organization on this one.

However he indeed was a fun player to watch.

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 03:10 PM

Looks like NJ will be looking to replace his presence... Best wishes Kovie
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Posted 11 July 2013 - 03:10 PM

Seriously he played like 27 min a night. Double shifted all the time.

 

Seriously? Holy hell. Maybe that's why he left.  :ninja:


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Posted 11 July 2013 - 03:13 PM

Countdown to Brunner going to NJ begins in:

1...

While I think Brunner is a good player...

Could you imagine their fan base? Write off your Ferrari for a Cavalier?  :scared:



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 03:14 PM

Lou wishes him the best, and then calls Luca.

 

The kid on the second floor, who lives upstairs from Lou?



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 03:15 PM

Yes, I think you've seen him before.

 

 

The kid on the second floor, who lives upstairs from Lou?


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Posted 11 July 2013 - 03:17 PM

Yes, I think you've seen him before.
 


:lol:

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 03:17 PM

:(



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 03:18 PM

Wasn't Lou not all that happy to have to sign Kovy to that ridiculous deal in the first place i.e. was strong-armed by ownership to do it?  If I were him, I would actually be pretty happy getting out from under that contract, especially now that he's not looking down the barrel of an big cap penalty if Kovy stayed on instead & retired a year or two before the contract was up.  Given the size of the contract & the Devil's ongoing money issues, there's no way they would have bought him out so I really don't see Lou putting up much of a fight to convince him to stay if there were really any regrets about signing him to begin with.

 

Edit w/ additional thought:  I do wonder how much of the retirement was Kovy's idea & how much Lou contributed to it.


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Posted 11 July 2013 - 03:19 PM

 

The kid on the second floor, who lives upstairs from Lou?

Fantastic reference!


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Posted 11 July 2013 - 03:26 PM

HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHA!

 

What I know in my 30 years as a Devils fan: When strange sh|t happens, there's a reason they call him Loophole Lou.


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Posted 11 July 2013 - 03:33 PM

Wasn't Lou not all that happy to have to sign Kovy to that ridiculous deal in the first place i.e. was strong-armed by ownership to do it?  If I were him, I would actually be pretty happy getting out from under that contract, especially now that he's not looking down the barrel of an big cap penalty if Kovy stayed on instead & retired a year or two before the contract was up.  Given the size of the contract & the Devil's ongoing money issues, there's no way they would have bought him out so I really don't see Lou putting up much of a fight to convince him to stay if there were really any regrets about signing him to begin with.

 

Edit w/ additional thought:  I do wonder how much of the retirement was Kovy's idea & how much Lou contributed to it.

 

This is STUNNING.  People have to remember the original context of this - this was the contract that broke backdiving deals like the ones the Hawks abused and helped perpetuate the lockout.  They were also penalized a 1st and 3rd rounder for trying to sign him.  And all of that was to penalize them for something that never happened - which was that he would retire later in his 30's before his actually salary fell below his cap hit.

 

I'm not sure the Devils wanted to "get out" from this contract.  The original deal was voided by the NHL, and they signed a different one again anyway.  Kovy got them to a SCF, and pretty much delivered everything they could have asked for.  That franchise is becoming a wasteland out of nowhere.



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 03:38 PM

It's looking better and better everyday Detroit moving East  :lol:  :lol:



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 03:44 PM

 
The kid on the second floor, who lives upstairs from Lou?


Good stuff!!!

Kovalchuk would look good in a Wings uni.





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