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#2017618 NHL Rejects Kovalchuk's Contract

Posted by mindfly on 21 July 2010 - 05:59 AM

Didn't think I would say this but... Thanks Gary! :hehe:


#2017543 NHL Rejects Kovalchuk's Contract

Posted by EZBAKETHAGANGSTA on 20 July 2010 - 09:26 PM

Screw the cap and revenue sharing!

Why the hell should the stronger teams like the Wings,Leafs,Habs,Rangers ect. be expected to pay for these hopeless markets like Phoenix and Atlanta? It's not our fault they can't form a decent fanbase.

The league has become watered down with 30 teams. Guys who would have never made the NHL in late 80s/early 90s are now becoming NHL regulars. It's no wonder the quality of the game has suffered. I would not be against eliminating a few teams and going back to a 24 team format.


The average NHL player as a whole has never been better then now. Sports evolve, and you may argue that less teams= less diluted talent, but everyone seems to forget that back even in the 80's the league was over 90% NA.

There is a much bigger pool to draw from today. This is the reason the league has a lot more top guys, but no truly elite guys that stand miles ahead of everyone like Lemueix and Gretzky did. The vast increase in youth leagues/training, as well as far more balanced nutrition and talent pool to draw from has made for far more player parity then you could ever imagine.

You're going to call me insane, but I would honestly be shocked if Boyd Deverauex as he is now would not have been a consistent all-star in the 50s. The conditioning, speed, and overall talent of all the players will continue to improve, its just the natural way a sport grows. Do you really think the quality of game has suffered? If so, I suggest you get your nostalgia glasses off, and watch how easy it was for skill players to dominate in the 80s. Slow-ass defensemen and non-butterfly goaltending... yeah real challenging.


#2017518 NHL Rejects Kovalchuk's Contract

Posted by toby91_ca on 20 July 2010 - 08:48 PM

I wonder how they're differentiating this from the other contracts like it.

No other contract took a player to the age of 44 and no other contract trailed off in later years quite as significantly.

Rejecting this deal was an absolute no brainer to me.


#2017514 NHL Rejects Kovalchuk's Contract

Posted by One4TheWings on 20 July 2010 - 08:46 PM

Tomorrow at 8pm on TSN. Kovi: The Decision.


#2016793 Free Agency Thread

Posted by mindfly on 19 July 2010 - 01:04 PM

Get Modano, helm, abby a 6th defenseman, trade ritola/miller/meech (or all 3 if they have to)


#2017265 Happy Birthday Pavel!

Posted by mindfly on 20 July 2010 - 11:15 AM

about 3 years of good pavel left... and i thought he just started... but he has been here since 2001, but you didn't notice him as much back then


#2017025 Red Wings Making Play for Modano

Posted by HankthaTank on 19 July 2010 - 07:42 PM

Well, I don't know. Football isn't really a sport where you need passion to play. If you've got talent like Favre does, you put in a decent effort for a 16 game season (or 20 including a championship run). Quarterback is the least physical position, so it's not like you have to have drive to play 82+ games in which every game you have to constantly be moving and making that extra effort to get the puck that's just out of your reach, or fight for the puck in the corners or to get to the front of the net night in and night out.

Passion counts in hockey. To be brutally honest, I don't think it comes in play much in football, at least from a quarterback's position.

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#2017029 Red Wings Making Play for Modano

Posted by mindfly on 19 July 2010 - 07:59 PM

I don't think Modano will end up in Detroit...Just don't see it happening.

I would rather the Wings sign a solid #6 D-Man anyways.

They can get a 6th dman, sign abdelkader, helm, AND modano for 1.25, make a few trades and be under the cap and have 500k over for injuries.


#2017026 Red Wings Making Play for Modano

Posted by russianswede919293 on 19 July 2010 - 07:55 PM

I don't think Modano will end up in Detroit...Just don't see it happening.

I would rather the Wings sign a solid #6 D-Man anyways.


#2017024 Red Wings Making Play for Modano

Posted by SouthernWingsFan on 19 July 2010 - 07:40 PM

Well, I don't know. Football isn't really a sport where you need passion to play. If you've got talent like Favre does, you put in a decent effort for a 16 game season (or 20 including a championship run). Quarterback is the least physical position, so it's not like you have to have drive to play 82+ games in which every game you have to constantly be moving and making that extra effort to get the puck that's just out of your reach, or fight for the puck in the corners or to get to the front of the net night in and night out.

Passion counts in hockey. To be brutally honest, I don't think it comes in play much in football, at least from a quarterback's position.

You don't need passion to play football at the highest levels?

Really?

I mean really?

You may think hockey is a better sport than football. Cool. That's fine. I don't like watching some sports like baseball or soccer as much as I enjoy watching hockey and football. Soccer requires ridiculous conditioning to play at a high level running around for 90+ minutes straight, and baseball is a grind for 160+ games in hot weather. I may not fully like those sports but I respect the wear/tear and grind that it takes to play those games if you want to be fully committed to it. Just like football, an intense off-season/in-season grind of weight training, hitting, and thinking nearly an entire year.

But you need passion to play any sport or do your job to the best of your ability, regardless of the sport or career. To say you don't need passion in football or any profession to do well in it is plain idiotic, no matter how much you might not like a sport/job.


#2017005 Red Wings Making Play for Modano

Posted by VM1138 on 19 July 2010 - 06:45 PM

Really? Brett Farve last year? That panned out pretty well for him.



Well, I don't know. Football isn't really a sport where you need passion to play. If you've got talent like Favre does, you put in a decent effort for a 16 game season (or 20 including a championship run). Quarterback is the least physical position, so it's not like you have to have drive to play 82+ games in which every game you have to constantly be moving and making that extra effort to get the puck that's just out of your reach, or fight for the puck in the corners or to get to the front of the net night in and night out.

Passion counts in hockey. To be brutally honest, I don't think it comes in play much in football, at least from a quarterback's position.


#2017350 Loophole

Posted by egroen on 20 July 2010 - 03:17 PM

It's obvious the NHL will have to draw a line somewhere - as GMs will only continue to push the envelope with these signings (Howe did play until the age of 51, after all -- Zetterberg's cap hit could be $2m a year if only Holland had signed him for an additional 10 years!).

I'll go ahead and say the age of 40 should be the cutoff designated by the next CBA.

46 skaters have played at the age of 40
13 at the age of 42
4 at the age of 44


#2017358 Loophole

Posted by WorkingOvertime on 20 July 2010 - 03:27 PM

I'll go ahead and say the age of 40 should be the cutoff designated by the next CBA.

46 skaters have played at the age of 40
13 at the age of 42
4 at the age of 44

I agree with this. Max age a player can be signed until is 40, unless the contract was signed after the player is 35 years old. There has to be a line drawn somewhere, and I think this is a fair one.


#2017323 Loophole

Posted by mjlegend on 20 July 2010 - 02:41 PM

How about they make it simple and just get rid of the cap :hehe:


Because it's fun to see Chicago in cap hell? :ph34r:


#2017314 Loophole

Posted by T.Low on 20 July 2010 - 02:19 PM

The problem might arise when he is older and not as good but doesn't want to retire. Obviously thats the worst case scenario, but with a deal that long its a problem you might run into.




Exactly. So let the free market work itself out. Let the GMs decide for themselves.