Waddell: Contract with Kovalchuk have hit a “snag”

Contract negotiations between Ilya Kovalchuk and the Thrashers have hit a “snag” general manager Don Waddell said Monday.

“Our position is different than his position right now,” Waddell told the Journal-Constitution. “Their position is fixed years with money and we have a different side of that. That’s what we have to work through. We’ve gotten through every thing else, now we have to make it through that.”

Kovalchuk’s agent, Jay Grossman, met with Waddell over the weekend and left Atlanta Sunday. Waddell said he remained optimistic that a new deal would get done.

Kovalchuk, who is scheduled to become a free agent following the season, reiterated Monday that he would like to remain with the team.

Kovlachuk was asked about the possibility of being sent to another team at the trade deadline should a new deal not be completed.

“It’s a business,” Kovalchuk said. “I think every player goes through that. It’s the first time for me. It’s [management’s] decision, but I like everything here. Like I’ve said a lot of times, I want to play with one team all my life, but you never know.”

Waddell said last week he has had no trade discussions with other teams because he intends to sign Kovalchuk.

The forward, who is the franchise’s all-time leader in points, goals and assists, said the contract talks have not been a distraction.

“I just want to play my game and focus on my game,” Kovalchuk said. “That’s what is important. Management did a great job in the offseason bringing in all those guys. We are a better team, a more experienced team. It’s our chance to make the playoffs.”

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Get The Puck Out

December 21st, 2009
7:43 pm

Rockem Sockem Thrasher

December 21st, 2009
7:51 pm

1st period over and the Thrash lead 18 shots to Canadiens 3.

Top Shelf Mish

December 21st, 2009
7:51 pm

Chris: Can you translate the following: “Their position is fixed years with money and we have a different side of that.” What does that mean?

Chris Vivlamore

December 21st, 2009
8:03 pm

Rockem: See, I write a story about their shots-on-goal deficits and look what happens.

Top Shelf: I think what he means is that Kovy’s side wants the same fixed dollar amount for each of the deal. Thrashers may want a sliding scale.

RedandBlack

December 21st, 2009
8:42 pm

The Thrashers need to sign Kovalchuk now. Do not make the same mistake as the Atlanta Hawks did when they traded away their best player, Dominique Wilkens, in the middle of their best year. The Hawks have never been the same since. The Thrashers will never be the same without Kovalchuk. Make the deal happen, Waddell. Go Thrashers!!

Jack McMillan

December 21st, 2009
8:46 pm

If he signs a new contract with Atlanta will Kolvy become a more complete player?
I’d say trade him if we had a decent GM.
Don is a nice guy buy he gets robbed more than an Atlanta area bank.

Fallen Off Kovy's Bandwagon

December 21st, 2009
8:58 pm

RedandBlack – Maybe without Kovy the Thrashers won’t be the same. Maybe, just maybe they’ll have a captain they can rely on for energy, effort and leadership. Maybe, just maybe they’ll have a captain and best player who CAN’T be counted on to turn the puck over at the most critical moment of a game.

Supes

December 21st, 2009
8:59 pm

Cheap Organization…PAY Kovy his money! Just damn, he’s earned it. He’s a top 5 offensive player in the NHL, how the team ever replace that and the STAR appeal if he leaves as a FA?

Fallen Off Kovy's Bandwagon

December 21st, 2009
9:03 pm

There’s more to hockey than spectacular goals. The star appeal is so overrated… the only thing that will pack Philips Arena is a team that wins… a better economy and cheaper concessions wouldn’t hurt.

Bill

December 21st, 2009
9:14 pm

I’ve grown tired of watching Kolvachuck try to do it all by himself only lose the puck at the blue line. Good by Kolvy. Trade him in February and get something for him.

Alan R.

December 21st, 2009
9:19 pm

Do mine eyes deceive me? Is the shot total actually 43-20 in favor of our boys in blue?

johndd1

December 21st, 2009
9:36 pm

Well, I’m pretty sure that the following comments will be blasted by everyone here, but I feel a little differently…

First, I love Kovy, and nothing would make me happier than having him stay in ATL for his career and retire as a Thrasher, hanging his Jersey in the rafters, and all that other stuff. I really cannot imagine this team without him flying down the wing… I almost dread the thought of him playing for someone else.

However, I’m having alot of trouble picturing him as a 11.5M/yr player. A superstar player and probably the greatest pure goal scorer in the league right now, for sure. But is his overall game really worth shackling between 20-25% of the teams ALLOWABLE salary (assuming the cap stays somewhere between 40-50M/yr). Thats just the NHL cap, mind you. How high would the ownership allow the team to go? I do not know the answer, but regardless of the specific numbers, Kovy is going to suck up a SIGNIFICANT portion of this teams payroll if they re sign him for what he wants.

Does he deserve it in this NHL market? Damn right! Can the team afford it? Seems questionable, considering attendance, etc. Should the team commit to it? In my opinion, absolutely not. Is it really worth it to have a bunch of low paid scrubs skating around him in 3-5 years when we cannot afford to retain players like Bogosian, Little, Peverley, Kane, et all when they become RFA/UFAs? Remember the Tampa Bay lesson a couple of years ago when they had LaCav, St Louis and Richards (? I think) locked up in debilatating contracts? Those three were great, but the team around them was terrible.

A couple of years ago, We had Kovy and Hossa, and about nothing else. But today, for the first time in our franchise history, it actually feels as if we are building a foundation of good, young players. I already mentioned a few, but throw Enstrom, Pavelec, and Valabik into that list as well, and I think you can see we actually have a bright future for once. Are any of those guys on the same level as Kovy? Of course not. But collectivly they make a pretty damn good foundation to continue to build on.

IMO, Kovy can best continue to serve this team with the bevy of young talent/draft picks that would surely come back to us in a trade. Think of all those 1st and 2nd round picks Boston has in the next 2 years as a result of that Kessel trade with Toronto. Imagine if we could get our hands on a bunch of those to continue building this team into long-term respectability? (as an example)

In closing, many will scream at me about how great and important Kovy is to this team and that I’m an idiot for suggesting we’d be better served by moving him. To them I say, I agree…he is awesome. Ilyas offensive production is worth every bit of that 11.5M he wants and I am in no way suggesting this team would be better off without him in the next year or two. What I AM saying is that Kovys overall game (read: painfully inadequate defense to go along with his mind blowing offense) is not worth this team, the Atlanta Thrashers, stunting their future growth in the name of the emotion of keeping the last of the “origional” Thrashers.

Will his departure hurt the teams progress this season. Surely. And it may even mean not making the playoffs again this year. But in the long run, I think we should not allow such a significant contract to drag this franchise into perpetual mediocracy when we have a very real chance of building something good for years to come. Is it an easy decision? No, and I’m glad I do not have to make it. But I would not blame DW if he decides to move Kovy, and personally hope that is what he decides to do.

Jeremy H

December 21st, 2009
9:39 pm

Um, so you’re telling me an elite sniper like Ilya Kovalchuk has asked for a long term deal, and has stated he wants to stay here for the rest of his career? And we’re balking because he wants a fixed salary? Assuming for a moment it’s not for the max salary and is something reasonable… WTF?!

Adios

December 21st, 2009
10:23 pm

Farewell Kovy, farewell DW, farewell Thrashers. Not only will I never invest in the Thrashers any more I will also never set foot in Philips Arena to see the Hawks again as long as the Spirit are involved. Go Flames!

DeeringThrash

December 21st, 2009
10:32 pm

Everyone relax. Kovy is just trying to get a longterm deal and his agent is trying to work the Thrashers. The Thrash want something reasonable. It’s not like this organization makes a lot of money.

Keep buying tickets and merch and the Thrash will flourish, Kovy or no Kovy.

Even if we don’t sign him, imagine what we could do with all that cap room. Kovy has been here a while and the franchise has not done much. Maybe he isn’t worth it…

c

December 21st, 2009
11:00 pm

Pay Kovy! Hockey in Atlanta depends on it!

Brendan

December 21st, 2009
11:06 pm

I want Kovy re-signed, but not “at ANY cost.” If the COST of a re-signed Kovy cripples the team, “Bobby Holik-style,” then it has to be re-evaluated. But it’s even more complicated than that. It’s the SPORTS argument vs. the BUSINESS argument. Kovy sells tickets. Playoffs or no playoffs. That’s something the ownership will not simply ignore. The SPORTS argument says … “We have to do what’s best for wins and losses.”

Now, I hear ya. Wouldn’t more wins = playoffs, and therefore, by definition, more REVENUE/Profit for the owners? Maybe the owners are thinking, “But we can make playoffs in the coming years WITHOUT Kovalchuk.” There are no guarantees of playoffs with or without Kovalchuk, in the future. That’s the truth. The cookie crumbles the way it does. All we can hope for is some accountability over results.

They could pay Kovy the MAX, and sell tickets, and eek into the playoffs year after year, only to see 1st round defeat, after 1st round defeat, after 1st round defeat. Shrugs. We don’t know what the future holds. All we can do is hope for the best. Say Kovy leaves and frees up $6.5 million in cap room. And with the relief, Atlanta fields a line of three (3) 22 goal scorers. And that complete line costs roughly $8.5 to $9.5 million. That’s what’s meant by DEPTH. That’s a WHOLE line of players … and 66 goals … for what it MIGHT cost to re-sign Kovalchuk. Well, it is.

Let’s go back to the “They pay Kovy the MAX and eek into the playoffs year after year” angle. What happens once they get there? The answer can’t be, “Kovy gets shutdown because there really aren’t sufficient secondary scoring threats. So the other team just focuses on stopping him.” If that paints an accurate depiction of the Thrasher’s future reality, who wants that? Sure, it’s playoffs. And some playoffs are better than NO playoffs, but c’mon. Use your brain. As fans, we want a realistic chance to one fine day … hoist the Cup. That’s the goal … uhh … for FANS.

What’s the goal for BUSINESS? To make money. Playoffs = PURE PROFITS. What’s better, for BUSINESS? Here, now, the choices: 10 straight years of 1st round defeats, and PURE PROFITS for all ten of those years. Or, making the playoffs 3-4 times over the decade, and having STREAKY RUNS to the Conference Finals twice, let’s just say. Every owner wants to go DEEP into the playoffs on an ANNUAL basis. But ask an owner whose team has been shutout of the playoffs for 5-7 straight years, or 8 out of 10 years, and “ten straight years of 1st round defeats in the playoffs” starts to sound like a good BUSINESS strategy. It means PURE PROFITS for the owners. But an intelligent fan will see right through the strategy. And, at some point, will withdraw support until the business model is changed in an attempt to win the Cup.

I’m a FAN. As a fan, I want the Cup. I’m willing to rebuild and rebuild and rebuild until we get it finally FREKKIN’ get it right. But I don’t want to be mired playoff mediocrity year after year, with no real chance of winning the BIG PRIZE. Didn’t this city already do that in another sport? I can’t imagine something more agonizing for our hockey team. For you KNOW, right from training camp, it’s another 1st round defeat, barring a miracle. And when the miracle happens, the season ends in Round II, because it’s just not built for a long, SUSTAINED RUN at the Cup. And as for making the playoffs, 16 of 30 teams do it annually. That’s more that HALF of the league. Making the playoffs, in and itself, shouldn’t be the goal. The goal, should be to win the Stanley Cup. That’s how to proceed with negotiations with Kovalchuk. You tell him, “I can’t pay you the MAX and win the Cup, too. And I think you know that, Ilya.” And if he cannot see that, he needs it explained to him. Of course, he may see it plain as day and just be using it as an excuse to leave. Kovy can always claim, “Atlanta won’t pay to keep me/won’t commit $$ to win the Cup.” But that’s WEAK. When the real argument is, “Kovy won’t work with the organization to field a Cup-winner.” If any of what we’re hearing is true. What can you do with $100 million that you COULDN’T do with $90 million? Or even $85 million?

Okay, one last thing: If you hit the MegaMillions Lottery on Tuesday, it still wouldn’t be MORE than what Kovalchuk’s next deal might be. Kovalchuk has already made $37 million from the Atlanta Thrashers in his career. Is there ANYTHING in life … he couldn’t BUY … even now??, before he re-signs? Yes: He can’t have a pet dinosaur. That’s about it.

Alan R.

December 21st, 2009
11:44 pm

I want Kovy re-signed, but not “at ANY cost.”

Yes. This. Sorry, as much as I’d love to see Kovalchuk locked up here until he’s 38, I sure as hell don’t want it to be at an excessive rate.

Adios

December 22nd, 2009
12:02 am

From a hockey perspective I believe the Thrashers would be better off if they could trade Kovy for a reasonable return. Unfortunately DW is incapable of this (e.g. Hossa). With Kovy gone and without decent compensation attendance and interest will drop even further amongst the casual fans in town. That will give the Spirit “cause” to sell the franchise, which they don’t really care about in the first place. Not the future I desire but one I expect.

stendec

December 22nd, 2009
12:04 am

NO EXCUSE FOR THIS SHET! Had long post but damn thing got eaten up. To Hell with all these heartless oxygen wastes! ++STENDEC++ Be glad when they leave for Hamilton or any damn place desperate enough to welcome them. Damn expansion team would be a step up. In right damn direction!

Supes

December 22nd, 2009
12:31 am

The guy people want traded scored his 20th goal of the season…and it’s not even the halfway point in the season yet.

Also, the comment of “we get draft picks, etc” and don’t win for 1-2 more seasons makes no sense…this is a team DESPERATE to get to the playoffs and win a playoff series.

You think fans/attendance would tolerate not having the FACE of the franchise while playing rookies or youngesters instead of KOVY?

The Thrashers need to win now, and in 2010 and get into the playoffs and win at least one round. Kovy gives them the best chance to do that. Not having him traded for draft picks.

stendec

December 22nd, 2009
12:33 am

This from the mouth of totally brainless aleeged Coach John Petrino:

We did exactly what we wanted to do the entire game

What the Hell? So you planned to surrender the tying goal in the final minute then the losing goal in overtime? What a total jerk. I would fire his unqualified a$$ for that ignorant remark alone. Moose was in best Kari Lehtonen form. Pure bullshet noneffort! This team has no fire or heart. No talent. No balls! Plenty of apathy and laziness. I say pay Kapitan Ilya Kovalchuk what he is worth! I judge $500 per game plus all the concessions he can consume to be about right. Trade his sorry coasting Maryann Hossa a$$! ASAP. Completely unacceptable giveup choke job! Shove the damn excuses apologists. ++STENDEC++

R. Stroz

December 22nd, 2009
12:48 am

Their position is fixed years with money and we have a different side of that.

So what is the different side? Variable years with no money?

Seriously, shouldn’t this have already been addressed by now. What have they been discussing for the last six months if not money and length of the contract? The color of the third jerseys next season? I’d love to hear some semblence of the offer and counter offer so the fans would have some insight into which side of the equation is the problem.

Waddell comes off sounding like a knucklehead when these quotes are compared to his prior comments about the negotistions progressing well at the last two Towne Hall meetings and comments to the press over the last six months.

Here’s an idea, put Dudley in charge of getting this done. Dudley is a straight shooter whereas Waddell is a snake oil salesman. At this point in the negotiations, more action and less posturing is needed. Dudley equals action whereas Waddell equals posturing. The time for posturing has passed.

Jd

December 22nd, 2009
6:24 am

It sounds like these negotiations are being handled by that dumb arse Bruce Levinson behind the scenes. Anyway, if the ownership does not want to put out Big Boy Money they need to sell the team and run a club team out of Kennesaw where players play for free after 10PM at night. Either give the man his money or sell the team. We cannot win Championships with a bunch of low rent players. DEAL WITH THAT you dumb SOB Levinson.

EA

December 22nd, 2009
7:00 am

Listen to the audio of DW on the Blueland blog.

mr. mike

December 22nd, 2009
7:03 am

Brendan; great post as always; but one question: Is Don Waddell actually supposed to be capable of replacing Kovalchuk(assuming Ilyas departure) with (3) 22-goal scorers. Since when? Waddell has yet to find (3) 22-goal scorers on a consistent basis. I’ll leave it to you, Rawhide, WBF, glovesave, Sara & some of the true hockey experts to research this; I can think of a couple seasons when the Thrash may have had (3) such scorers on the team(maybe Heatley, Kovy, Savard? Maybe Kovy, Little, Pevs?); but logically; no way that will happen here.
I think what lots of bloggers here & on Rawhide’s site overlook is that hockey; quite unfortunately, is like minor league baseball here. Point being; the Thrash can’t do an Atlanta Braves(absolutely horrible for about 2 full decades of the ’70s & ’80s). People in the south in the spring & summer will STILL go watch America’s pasttime; that won’t ever happen in ATL with hockey. I am utterly convinced that if the Thrash don’t sign Kovalchuk; hockey dies in ATL. Don’t anyone be fooled by “Philips lease thru 2020, etc” nonsense, either. Think Baltimore ever thought they’d lose the Colts? Cleveland the Browns? Quebec the Nordiques? Seattle the Supersonics?

Duke in Dahlonega

December 22nd, 2009
7:05 am

How refreshing it is to hear a star player wanting to play his entire career in one city! The exception rather than the rule. Pay Kovy what he wants even if it means giving him Don’s salary and his lifetime Golden Corral Meal Pass. Nuf said!

DWTOO

December 22nd, 2009
7:33 am

After last night’s putrid effort I don’t care anymore. No matter what this will always be a second tier team. And I’m tired of this guy – sign him, trade him, whatever. Time to move forward.

bugman

December 22nd, 2009
8:13 am

LOL, DWad in action!

I offer up two words to soothe your troubled minds:

Gwinnett Galdiators

The Real Thrash

December 22nd, 2009
8:26 am

I said last summer: how can you tell if Waddell is lying about being serious by signing Kovy? His lips are moving.” Months later here we still are. What superior athlete doesn’t want “fixed years and money?” It’s called a standard contract!

The Real Thrash

December 22nd, 2009
8:32 am

Anyone who thinks that trading your leader in goals and assists makes the Thrashers a better team knows absolutely nothing about hockey or sports. We’ve already tried that and where did it get us? It’s amazing how many people let their personal feelings about a player get in the way of what’s good for the team. The purpose of sports is winning. This is not that feel good brand of t-ball where no one keeps score!

Krebs

December 22nd, 2009
8:46 am

If we don’t sign him this is a signal that hockey in Atlanta is in trouble. He leaves, we do not have a marquee player. You can’t make the playoffs, attendance will drop and we become the lowest hanging fruit on the tree as far as relocation of teams in the NHL at this point. We continue to be the team that is most mentioned to be relocated. This will be the second time we have lost an NHL team. The end of hockey in Atlanta forever.

GaVaHokie

December 22nd, 2009
8:46 am

Take into account Philly’s “rumored” offer on the table (from Eklund)… Jeff Carter, Claude Giroux and Ryan Parent… that’s three quality RFA’s.

I’d like to see Kovy stay just as much as the next guy… but I’d prefer to stick with the 3-4 year deals.

Jimbo

December 22nd, 2009
8:50 am

Brendan: Great, thoughtful post- as always! I’m a fan but this is still a business and the BIG QUESTION for Don and ownership is “CAN WE STILL CONTINUE TO IMPROVE TEAM, BRING FANS BACK AND GENERATE A PROFIT WITH SUCH A BIG, FIXED ANNUAL EXPENSE?’ While they wrestle with this issue with a traditional business approach, it’s my sense, having followed this team from it’s inception that a falure to sign Kovy will be viewed as ownership’s “throwing in the hockey towel in Atlanta”. Forget the freeing up cap space, signing free agents stuff. We’ll be back to Square One as an expansion team- probably north of the board in Hamilton.

Raider Fan

December 22nd, 2009
8:51 am

Just give him the damn money, whatever he wants.

KLS1

December 22nd, 2009
8:51 am

DWTOO – I am over it as well, we haven’t been able get into the playoffs with Kovy, the year we did make the playoffs was on Hossa’s shoulders.

Whats going to change if we sign Kovy? We have been a perennial lottery team with him, we haven’t even come close to competing for a playoff spot let alone competing in the playoffs. If he was worth max $ we would at least be out of the bottom 5 every year.

The Real Thrash

December 22nd, 2009
8:56 am

Exactly who are these people who keep saying “we can’t afford?” What do you think it takes to field a winning team? Money. Win and the building fills, merchandise sales increase, ad revenues go up. It’s a business and investment is what the team needs.

KLS1

December 22nd, 2009
8:58 am

GaVaHokie – Kovy wouldn’t last 5 minutes in Philly…a couple lazy giveaways at the point and he would get booed out of the building.

The Real Thrash

December 22nd, 2009
8:59 am

Goodbye Thrashers. I hope you keep the name when you leave town as the Flames did. Bad management and bad fans. The more things change the more things remain the same.

chc4

December 22nd, 2009
9:13 am

Trade him. He’s not worth max dollars. Great scorer and playmaker but that’s it. We can do alot more with $11m/year. And for anyone that says no one will go to the games if he leaves, I’d argue the stands are half empty right now.

timthebrave

December 22nd, 2009
9:28 am

This team does not need to start rebuilding again. We are finally playing some decent hockey….which means they will trade away all our best players for draft picks. The Thrashers must be on a 15 year rebuilding plan. This team needs to make playoffs to create some excitement. Go Thrashers

five_hole

December 22nd, 2009
9:44 am

I refuse to cringe at every story. Both sides have said they want to get a deal done. There’s doing a deal, and there’s negotiating. This sounds like the latter.

Dawggie1

December 22nd, 2009
9:46 am

This is why I gave up my season tix 2 yrs ago. TWO home playoff games(losses) since they have been here. While I think we need Kovy, I can’t see ownership giving a max contract if the team is for sale. No confidence that DW will make a good deal here as there appears to be minimal leverge. With Hawks on the upswing I think the Thrashers are going bye bye along with their captain!

Bob

December 22nd, 2009
9:47 am

So, uh, where’s Sara and Earl of Bud to step up and admit they were dead wrong (again)? Many of us told both of you that it was obvious in Kovy’s play that something was wrong in the contract.

If Kovy is sticking to 10 years and $11m or so, then he has to be traded. He’s simply not worth it, he’s not worth more than the $8.7m that Crosby and Malkin get, but here’s the rub. He can go to free agency next summer and the bidding war will get him something like Ovechkin got. I’d say the Spirit should just match the Ovechkin deal and hand it to him and if he won’t sign it, then trade him.

But please temper your expectations on the return that we’ll get for him. We are not going to get Jeff Carter in return. Ilya is an impending UFA and a playoff rental, the club trading for him isn’t going to give up the farm for 2 or 3 months rental out of him. We’ll get a mid level NHL player (think Colby Armstrong type) a prospect, and a #1 pick. It will NOT cripple the franchise, as the other thing we’ll get is salary cap space that (please God) Dudley can go out and spend wisely next summer on 2 or 3 guys.

Spud Webb

December 22nd, 2009
10:03 am

OK, here goes some steam……… MFER, man, first headline I see is contract negotiations have hit a snag. REALLY DON????????? NO F ing KIDDING> they’ve hit a snag because this should’ve been done last year. Then I read this quote…“Our position is different than his position right now,” Waddell told the Journal-Constitution. “Their position is fixed years with money and we have a different side of that. That’s what we have to work through. We’ve gotten through every thing else, now we have to make it through that.”
We’ve GOTTEN THROUGH EVERY THING ELSE, except for the years and money???? GOOD GRIEF don, shut your mouth. So you’ve accomplished NOTHING Don????????????????????????? We’re off on years and money??? What an idiot, I mean really??????????????? He’s backing us right into a corner AGAIN (see hossa) and were gonna end up with Eric Christianson again, I FEEL IT> Dandy don is going to get FLEECED at the deadline. Kovy doesn’t care. TRADE HIM NOW, do NOT sit on the pot and let us get hosed again DON. Un FREAKING BELIEVABLE. WOW. Then we lose to the freaking FROGS last night, we did out play them, but moral victories are for falcons fans. hahaaha.

Nutznorm

December 22nd, 2009
10:16 am

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Smoothie

December 22nd, 2009
10:30 am

You would think that after listening to (or reading) the GM’s comments regarding the contract negotiations, we would all feel a bit reassured. But in the case of Don Waddell, he just makes us sick to our stomachs. The part about Kovy wanting a “fixed” deal versus a variable amount deal (sliding scale with more money up front I would presume) makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. And why has it taken this long to discuss numbers?? Was there not an offer and counter-offer (per Don) back in October when he said things were progressing forward in a positive fashion and everything had been “constructive” thus far??

Anyway, if Kovy prefers a fixed amount (assuming the amount is fair and reasonable) to a deal that is front-loaded in which he got more money up front, how in the world do you say ‘no’ to that!!? They would be doing you a favor or have you not heard of the TIME VALUE OF MONEY!!! More money today is worth a hell of a lot more than the same money 10 years from now!! Goodness gracious, this guy is a jackalope if I ever saw one. Now would be a good time for the ASG to fire Waddell and promote Dudley so this deal gets done THE RIGHT WAY!! I am insulted hearing this other nonsense.

Bob

December 22nd, 2009
10:40 am

“But in the case of Don Waddell, he just makes us sick to our stomachs”

Fret not, Pollyanna, I mean Sara, will be in here any moment to tell us how wonderful Waddell is and that we’re all stupid for thinking there could possibly be a problem with the Kovy contract. All is well, rest assured, Don Waddell is here to save the day!

Chris Vivlamore

December 22nd, 2009
10:46 am

Kari Lehtonen, in full pads, skating before practice. Waiting to see if he sticks around when the players come on the ice in 15 minutes.

Tee

December 22nd, 2009
10:58 am

I truly believe that Kovy has never wanted to stay here. He’s full of hot air. He has watched Heatley wiggle out of ATL. If I remember Hossa was saying the same crap as Kovy “wanting to stay – blah, blah, blah.” Hossa never wanted to stay in Atlanta he knew he would get a huge contract and he has with CHI.
What does Waddell have to show for Heatley and Hossa — Army and poor Esposito who will probably never be the player he could have been if the knee hadn’t exploded again. (Oh, don’t forget about Savard and same old lines coming out of Waddells mouth.)
Waddell couldn’t sign for a FedEx or UPS package without messing it up. How’s he going to negotiate a contract with Kovy when Kovy WILL GET a MAX contract with NYR, LA, or DET?
How hockey has survived this long in Atlanta with Waddell at the helm is a miracle. The “ATL Spirit” group has lost any “spirit” and hope that it brought to ATL when they purchased the team.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT. JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!!