Kovalchuk cost them millions in fines and a 1st round pick? Lamoriello and the owner, who structured the backdiving deal, had no part in it?
lou had a part in it, but it just shows how much kovie meant to their franchise. for him to bail on them now is a slap in the face to the devils
kovie can hide behind the family excuse all he wants but imo this comes down to money. he will probably get 15-20 million a year tax free in the khl. he will easily surpass his nhl contract money in a few years. He shouldn't have signed such a long term contract if he had concerns about being close to his family
All sides are to blame here not just Kovalchuk, the guy can make more in his home country and wants to be where his heart is. The NHL is pretty much getting a guaranteed lockout every X years, everytime the players are asked to give back and getting their contract rules more and more reduced. So I am not really surprised that some players are saying enough with that, I can play in front of friends, family and make more money - so screw you guys I am going to SKA Petersburgh
he shouldn't have come back to the nhl at all if that was his attitude.
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