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Hah, serves them right. I hope they enjoy watching their first rounder get forfeited next draft for a player that didn't even last for half of that ridiculous contract.
I guess I have to learn how this cap benefit recapture penalty thing works now.
He will probably be playing in the KHL, but we might see him at the olympics before that.
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From what I've seen they'll carry a cap penalty on $250K through 2024-25 season.
He will definitely play in Russia. Hard to believe that he'd walk away from $77 million from the Devils if he didn't have something else lined up.
Yeah, it sounds like him "retiring" so early in the deal is actually helping them with the cap numbers. They didn't "save" much on him in these first three years, and there are a ton of years left on the deal to spread that out.
What a joke. If he is retiring from the NHL and plays in the KHL, the NHL needs to send a message saying that is unacceptable and he is banned from the NHL the rest of his life. I seriously think NHL teams are going to start shying away from Russian players again and should. The previous two - Radulov and Filatov, if they didn't get what they wanted - they bolted.
NJ is screwed. If Kovalchuk would have done this earlier, Lou probably resigns Clarkson at least. Now, he doesn't have anything good on the market left to snag. Sorry, 41 year old Jagr doesn't do the trick.
I think more Toronto fans wish that scenario would have happened than Devils fans.
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Kovy won't be banned because the Devils already agreed to the release. That contract is now void. If the Devils raised a stink, then something could be done.
While this hurts the team now, it actually helps sooner than later. Their ownership has been dealing with financial struggles, so getting that contract off the books is a good thing. And they avoid a massive cap penalty down the road for the cap benefit recapture (we all know he was never going to play through the entirety of the contract).
I would say the bigger blow was losing Parise last year. If they only would have known then what they know now....
I don't know. NJ would have made the play-offs if not for injuries this year to Marty and when Kovalchuk went out. Parise was the leadership, but there was enough remaining to be competitive. I'm not sure now with this.
So, Jagr is a possibility and Vanek is in play for NJ. I'm not sure the guy who reported this understands NJ has NOTHING to give up for Vanek. They don't have the goods, unless Buffalo wants nothing but prospects and picks.
The Sabres are in total rebuild. I think they would be fine with prospects and picks, but I don't see the teams being good trading partners. NJ doesn't have a 2014 1st round pick. I doubt they would trade a 2015 and not draft a player in the first round in 3 consecutive years.
It looks like the best prospect depth the Devils have is on the blueline. The Sabres already have 2 recent 1st round picks in their starting D and just drafted two more D-men in the first round. They need some scoring back.
The Isles would be a good trade partner with Buffalo if they want to go down that route. Strome and a first? Then again, the Islanders should use those assets to add to its defense or goal. Maybe Ryan Miller to the Isles might be a better fit. They would be a pain in the ass to play.
Nashville is desperate for scoring. If they want to add to the pocket book, a deal involving Forsberg/Austin Watson and a first?
Just thinking out loud.
This post was edited by Hamilton Lion 9 months ago
The Flyers named former goalie Ron Hextall their Assistant General Manager and Director of Hockey Operations. News, Sports, Weather, Traffic and Phillys Top Spots
It's a good move. He did a good job with the Kings. I don't know what his exact responsibilities will be with the Flyers, but having someone with his background in the organization certainly can't hurt.
He'll be the next GM. Book it.
If the Flyers underachieve again in 2013-14 there's no way Holmgren could survive. Bringing Hextall back is a move made by Snider, who is the NHL's version of Jerry Jones (although not quite as bad as Jones himself).
Agree with this. In the meantime, they can always use him between the pipes. I kid ...
There is only one reason Hextall came back as an assistant. He got some assurance he is the heir apparant.
Pens make a great hire for an assistant coach in Jacques Martin. Hope Bylsma listens to him, or Martin might be insurance for when they fire Bylsma this season
This post was edited by tmaluchnik 8 months ago
Oh man, hockey is back alright.
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YES!!!! Longest season of the big 4.
Hradek and Mearsy came back on NHL Live this past Wednesday. Nothing like seeing Hradek do his little dances before his EJ 5.
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