July 1st is here. Can't wait to see how it unfolds.
Will Montreal get a top 6 forward? Will Ottawa lose Volchenkov?
First move made was Toronto picking up Kris Versteeg. Good pick up for Toronto, but realistically, I'd expect his numbers to look much lower playing on a poor Leafs team with very little offensive support.
I have a feeling Montreal is looking at Volchenkov & Frolov, but what the hell do I know?
For all the hooplah, pomp & circumstance - the draft AND free-agency was a giant let-down...a MAJOR-LEAGUE MEH!
Ottawa gets Gonchar...hoorah...I mean, don't get me wrong, I'm stoked about that, but the dude's what? 38? Same deal with Sundin...he's just looking for a place to play until he retires and Ottawa's been classic for players looking to spring-board to a better situation.
And where is this MAJOR re-invention I was promised after the dishing off of Halak? Auld? /golfclap
Couldn't agree more MIkey. What's all the hype about? Boring couple of days. You figure after a slow day 1, day 2 would see tons of guys signed, but NOooooo. Day 2 was worse with the 2 biggest names being Kubina & Higgins.
I am still curious to see who gets Kovalchuk and I'm kinda hoping the habs at least re-sign Moore. Frolov would be a great addition on offense. I get the feeling he could be had for around 3 mill (which fits into the habs budget).
Also (not that it's my first choice), but the longer M.A. Bergeron goes unsigned, the greater chance there is that MTL we re-sign him for another year at a very cheap price. With Markov out for the first 2 months, they may actually need him on the PP.
Of course NOTHING else will happen until Hal Gill sats so!
Agreed. Boring as shit.
Any news as to who the Habs will make Captain?
No news at all actually. I'm guessing it will be Gionta, unless we trade for Vinny Lecavalier or someone of that nature.
...or THIS guy:
For the LOVE of all that is holy, will SOMEONE just pick Kovalchuk and take Kaberle out behind the barn and put a slug in his head.
I'm going to the bar...
Somebody DO something!!
The most interesting thing (I use the term loosely) going on is that Andrei markov is now a Canadian citizen.
You know what's more exciting than nothing? ANYTHING !
Recent rumors have Frolov on Montreal's radar (I'll believe it when I see it).
Habs to name their Captain soon too. BORING SUMMER
6 million in each of the next two seasons, $11.5 million from 2012-2017, $10.5 million the following year. The salary falls off after that until he makes $550,000 annually the final five years of the deal. He would be 44 years old when the contract concludes in 2027.
I almost SHIT myself laughing out loud at this. Did ANYONE learn from DiPietro?!
Is the league now being run by drunk clowns?!
As a hockey fan I oppose to this contract and think the league should step in and decline it. It makes a joke of the whole Cap and system in place.
Mikey's numbers above are accurate, but by paying him next to nothing in the last five years (when realistically he'll be retired) you reduce the cap hit to 6Mill per year. This is such a joke.
Once he retires, nothing will count against the cap, and the Devils will simply pay him the 550K salary for 5 years (which is VERY cost effective). Also, one major flaw is that we don't even know what league minimum salaries will be in 17 years. I'll be it's higher than 550K. So if this is the case, and Ilya wants to keep playing for the love of the game (yeah right) why should Jersey get a "bye" and pay him under league minimum????
This whole thing actually sucks. There is discussion about (at the next league/player meetings) having a cap on the time line of a deal (ie. no more than 5 years). I STRONGLY agree with this. You wanna pay a guy 10 Mill+ per year, fine....then have fun filling out the rest of your roster.
Honestly, as a hockey fan I am outraged by this signing.
I know, why doesn't Pittsburgh pay Crosby over 25 years????? Their cap hit can be 3 Million....Such bullshit!
This summer has officially been THE WORST in recent memory (not just because of Kovalchuk & the Habs doing very little). I think I can now comfortably put my rating on this post.
One last point about DiPietro's contract.
I don't care as much about his situation, because they are paying him 4.5 a year EVRY YEAR, for 15 years. His salary does not effect the cap hit on the team. In that case, it's just a lousy signing by New York.
With kovalchuk it's kinda like "fudging the numbers".
Philly did the same thing with Pronger last year. They pay him sqwat in the last year or 2 and he then becomes a "cap friendly" signing.
You heard it here first folks. I officially HATE the New Jersey Devils. I have also lost a ton of respect for Lou Lamorello (although they say this had WAY more to do with the owners than the GM).
Worst. Off-season. Ever.
MAzel Tov !
The league has stepped in and rejected the Kovalchuk deal.
It could still hold up in the end, but I give them credit for recognizing that its a mockery
Yeah - I caught that on the late news (YAY CJOH!) last night...all I wish is that Jon Stewart picked up on it and made some kind of comedic segment...
They were joking on the radio that they should have paid him up to he was 75 and give $500 and free Depends for the final 10 years.
I think the people who thought up this whole contract loop-hole are the same dinks who dreamed up Stock Market Derivitives (yes, I started watching "Capitalism: A Love Story" early...so SUE ME!
I canèt wait to watch it tomorrow (with cheesecake) and then discuss. Iève heard bits and pieces, and get the sense that I will be against some of Mooreès arguments (which will not make me very popular).
I thought the cheesecake was for your office?! Were you planning to get a head start?
From what I saw...it was kinda like preaching to the choir and he tended to use too much VERY VERY specific sob-stories to describe an INCREDIBLY complex issue.
Kinda like blaming the WHOLE GALACTIC EMPIRE on the fact that Owen Lars' moisture farm is being foreclosed. YES one begets the other and the Galactic Empire IS evil and should be destroyed, but WHY is it evil? Focus more on that and not on the moisture farm...sad as it may be.
Too much trivial evidence and too much sappy pandering to sentimentality. I WANT FACTS, DAMMIT!
You cant handle the truth!
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