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#81 haroldsnepsts

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 12:46 AM

 

It is fairly clear that Devils were aware of this possibility for a while. And I would not be surprised if the are fully on-board with this including the timing. Who knows, maybe they did not want the fan pressure of having to compete for high-priced free agents if Kovalchuk were to announce it one week earlier. And now they just going to sign some cheap guy fill open roster spot.

 

Who knows about the timing.  It certainly doesn't seem ideal.  But they clearly aren't fighting it, likely because it benefits them so much overall.  They don't have to terminate his contract.  They're choosing to.

 

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2. If NJ had so chosen, it could've blocked Kovalchuk from the KHL by tolling contract. But NJ isn't doing that, he's free to go to KHL.

 

 

 

I'm shocked by this as well but does anybody else think its way too convenient that kovy bolts and the devils aren't fighting it. The devils are financially strapped, kovy still had 12 yrs left on his contract. Its just a little weird to me they aren't fighting this.

 

Exactly. 

 

They aren't fighting it because ultimately it should help the franchise (if they use their new found cap space and money wisely).



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Posted 12 July 2013 - 07:06 AM

With this move and at this very moment, he guarantees that he'll be playing at Sochi 2014.


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Posted 12 July 2013 - 08:15 AM

From The Hockey News: A little too convenient for all involved...

 

http://www.thehockey...l-involved.html

 

Pretty much my first thoughts when the news came down.



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Posted 12 July 2013 - 09:20 AM

Per @NHLDevilsPR (The NJD communications department twitter feed)...
 


Looks like the Devils won't get hit too hard with his "recapture" penalty for retirement, according to CapGeek.  $250k/year, which isn't too bad.  But it's until 2024/2025...   :blink:

 

Welllllll.....

 

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 09:33 AM

Wonder if this gibes Luongo any ideas?

Oh this young man has had a very trying rookie season, with the litigation, the notoriety, his subsequent deportation to Canada and that country's refusal to accept him, well, I guess that's more than most 21-year-olds can handle... Ogie Ogilthorpe!


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Posted 12 July 2013 - 09:39 AM

Watch, this circumvention will be the new sticking point for the next lockout!


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Posted 12 July 2013 - 09:45 AM

Watch, this circumvention will be the new sticking point for the next lockout!


Kovy just loves to start what causes lockouts :P

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 10:32 AM

Watch, this circumvention will be the new sticking point for the next lockout!


Kovy is the man I don't think it will give Lou any ideas, he doesn't have the KHL as a threat like Kovy did.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 10:49 AM

Lou is a step ahead of the league is all. Its called good attorneys.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 10:51 AM

Lou is a step ahead of the league is all. Its called good attorneys.

 

and most likely a step behind in the standings :P  (for at least this season anyway)


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Posted 12 July 2013 - 10:52 AM

 
and most likely a step behind in the standings :P  (for at least this season anyway)


He'll find a way. They have debt to pay off first.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 10:53 AM

He'll find a way. They have debt to pay off first.

 

oh yeah, not a doubt in my mind they'll be back up in the playoffs.. esspecially with schnider as their next tendy. its just going to take a little time, that's all.


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Posted 12 July 2013 - 12:04 PM

 
oh yeah, not a doubt in my mind they'll be back up in the playoffs.. esspecially with schnider as their next tendy. its just going to take a little time, that's all.


Agreed. And probably less than we all think.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 12:51 PM

So now Jersey loses Clarkson and Kovalchuk.  I heard they signed Ryder, which is good for them, but then they way overpaid for Clowe.  All in all, they will likely finish bottom 5 this year.  Oh well, good thing I never liked Jersey.  I feel bad that in Brodeur's probable last NHL season, his team will be so terrible that he likely won't get a last playoff run.


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Posted 12 July 2013 - 03:44 PM

Wow. 


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Posted 12 July 2013 - 09:34 PM

Wow. He was gonna make a crap ton of money over the next few years too and he is only 30 right in his prime. Kind of a **** no e by him

 

He'll make quite a bit more with the KHL's tax-free contracts.



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Posted 12 July 2013 - 10:39 PM

He'll make quite a bit more with the KHL's tax-free contracts.



Plus he is by his family. And you can't put a price on that.

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 06:48 AM

I think this is the start of something really big. Shure, Bumistrov, Kostitsyn, they mabye want to be stars on their teams and so on, but Ilya to KHL? This is huuuuge for the KHL. 20 Years from now, the top KHL teams and top NHL teams mabye will be on the same level. 



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Posted 13 July 2013 - 10:12 AM

Plus he is by his family. And you can't put a price on that.


Sure you can. 75 million over 5 years would have done it

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 10:57 AM

Sure you can. 75 million over 5 years would have done it

 

Of which after escrow & taxes, he wouldn't have even seen half of.  He'll get at least that & all tax free in the KHL.  By "at least that" I mean the $75m over the next 5 seasons.


Edited by ogreslayer, 13 July 2013 - 10:57 AM.






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