Prospect camp observations and comments

First off…I hope everyone had a great weekend. I suppose a lot of you spent at least some of it at prospect camp in Duluth. If so, I look forward to reading your thoughts and observations. As for me…well, after spending Thursday and Friday out there I dealt with a few issues at home. Older son’s car had a water pump go out on it Friday night, and while that was being replaced we were out with the younger son looking for a car for him.

Ah…the joys of having teenage sons.

Anyway, here are a couple of quick remarks/comments about a few of the players that I was looking at during prospect camp.

I was impressed with the raw skills and talent possessed by Alexander Burmistrov. Very fast, smooth skater who seems to have good vision on the ice…head up and quick reactions.

However, I have to admit that I still feel the same way as I did before in regards to him playing in a Thrashers uniform this fall. Simply put, I don’t think he’s as far along as Evander Kane was this time last summer. When I first saw Kane at camp last year, there was this “something” about how he conducted himself on ice that just struck me…told me he had no business going back to Vancouver of the WHL. And since he could not go to Chicago because of that league’s age policy, it was all but certain he’d be in Atlanta.

I didn’t get that same vibe from Burmistrov.

JLH…a frequent contributor of this bog…pointed out to me that he though the number-eight overall draft pick appeared to be “trying too hard” out there. It was, he said, almost as if he were trying to work his way onto the team as opposed to just allowing his skills to do all the talking.

That may or not be so…but if the biggest knock against an 18-year old kid is that he’s trying too hard, that’s a forgivable sin in my book. Let’s see what he looks like with the bib boys at training camp.

Speaking of working and trying hard…that’s exactly how I would describe John Albert, the 5’-10”, 180-pound center who was the Thrashers 6th round pick in 2007, 175th overall. Albert was all hustle all the time out there and others had to work hard to keep up with him.

In the past three years at Ohio State he’s scored 21 goals and 69 assists in 122 total games. However, Hockey’s Future describes him as a “playmaking center with sufficient quickness. Has a better shot than his statistics show”. I have to say that I can see what they mean, so keep an eye on this kid.

In between the pipes…I went to camp looking at goalie Ed Pasquale, but I must admit that Chris Carrozzi caught my eye while there. This guy is a competitor who you could tell expects a lot from himself…very sharp and focused while on the ice.

Last season with the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors of the OHL, Carrozzi was 19-10-5 with a 2.36 GAA and .916 SV%.

Patrice Cormier really impressed me with his play. Depending on whatever moves Rick Dudley makes between now and September, there very well could be a spot on the roster for him. I still think we could see a 4th line made up of him, Eager and Boulton/Thorburn.

Not surprisingly, Carl Kingberg was very impressive as well…great skills. Another year and we should be talking about whether or not he could make serious bit to play in Atlanta. As C-Viv reports, he’s looking for more ice time…either in Sweden or over here at the AHL level.

On defense, the best player in my opinion was Paul Postma, the Thrashers 205th overall selection in ’07. His 6’-3” frame brings with it a big presence on the blueline. Last season he had 29 overall points, was a +5 with only 24 PIM in 63 regular season games with the Wolves.

While there’s no room for him at Thrasherville’s Blueline Inn this season, look for him in the next coming seasons to make a serious push for the NHL.

And finally…I saw Angelo Esposito workout between sessions Friday. He looked good on the ice, no favoring the knee that has suffered injuries over the past two seasons. But then, he’s not participating in prospect camp because it’s still not 100% yet, I’m told.

This will be a very big year for him in Chicago. Whether or not he can make it through the season injury-free could very well determine his future hopes at the NHL level.

193 comments Add your comment

glovesave29

July 12th, 2010
5:13 pm

Stroz – Rick DiPietro. Especially in light of the fact the Isles drafted Luongo and DiPietro in consecutive years with their first pick.

Red Light

July 12th, 2010
5:14 pm

OK, how about Michael Nylander (Wash.), Markus Naslund (NYR), Sean Avery (Dallas), Wade Redden (NYR), Vincent Lecavalier (TBL) JS Giguere (Ana) and Rick DiPietro (NYI)? All look pretty bad in retrospect, but it’s tough to top the Yashin deal for sure.

Red Light

July 12th, 2010
5:15 pm

Shawn Horcoff, Oilers?

Red Light

July 12th, 2010
5:19 pm

Not-so-honorable mention?
Joffrey Lupul (Anaheim): 4 years/$17M
Jeff Finger (Toronto): 4 years/$14M
Thomas Vanek (Buffalo): 7 years/$50M
Chris Pronger (Philadelphia): 7 years/$34M
Chris Drury (NY Rangers): 5 years/$35M

World Be Free

July 12th, 2010
5:23 pm

Horcoff’s may be the worst contract in the game today. Yashin’s was just plain stupid. How about 1/2 the guys the Leafs have signed in the last 5 seasons?

R/L started it-Derek Lowe’s contract is pretty awful if you consider the number of current Braves’ pitchers that are better.

Red Light

July 12th, 2010
5:33 pm

World Be Free: His contract can’t hold a candle to these ex-hurlers: Wayne Garland, Len Barker and Mike Hampton!

Darkhorse

July 12th, 2010
6:10 pm

Let’s not forget about Joe Johnson new deal indirectly affecting the Thrashers by ownership not having enough cash to pay for a full-time goalie coach. Kidding, but wouldn’t be surprised.

So what is Sharp. Is he a true 2nd-3rd line center, or does he have enough upside left to be a legit 1st line player/all-star type? I’ve always liked his game, and if we could get him for a pick and a few mid-level prospects, why not? If the asking price is too high, then it’s too high, but Chicago isn’t exactly in the drivers seat when it comes to demands.

Would you folks be willing to pay the price for him, IF he’s available, or rather sign Max, or Demitra, Poni, or some other tier two forward to complete the roster?

Brendan

July 12th, 2010
6:27 pm

Eric Brewer, defenseman, is making $4.5 million in St. Louis. Brad Richards is making $7.8 million in Dalllas. Yes, the contract Jay Feaster gave him flush out of the lockout to prove to the Tampa season ticket holders that the Bolts were committed to Championship form. That was a bad contract. $7.8 million for Richards, for six years. At the time, $7.8 million was the league max under the initial $39 million cap. That stupid decision forced Nicholai Khabibulin out of Tampa Bay, and over to Chicago. And now, he’s in Edmonton.

Sheldon Souray’s deal, for a cap hit of $5.4 million, looks pretty bad. Blueliner Tom Gilbert, Edmonton Oilers, makes $5.5 this year, and $5.0 next year, and $3.5 in 2013. Truthfully, I don’t even know who he is. And for that kind of money, I should. Dustin Penner’s $4.25 million is bad contract, spawned of that Kevin Lowe RFA offersheet variety.

Daymond Langkow, in Calgary, is making $4.5 million. Iggy is making $7.0. Those are some borderline bad deals. Rene Bourque is making $4.0 million for the next few seasons. All of those are Calgary Flames deals.

As bad as that Brad Richards deal was, I still gotta go with Wade Redden’s deal as one of the worst I’ve seen in the post lockout. $6.5 million in cap hit, pretty much since the lockout. In 2013, the figure dips to $5.0 million. That’s more buyer’s remorse than a drunken night out at the Pony or the Horse.

In Phoenix, they’re shelling out $6.0 million for Jovanovski. That’s a lot for a JovoCop. He’s a UFA next year. He’s only 33 or 34, if you can believe that. I thought he was nearly 40. Chris Drury makes $8 million this year and $5 million next year. And I like Drury … but he’s overpaid. I’m on record as saying the Sabres should have kept Drury and let Briere go. After last year’s playoffs, where Briere was almost the Conn Smythe winner, I do stand corrected.

For the Islanders, it’s the duration of the Dipietro contract that bothers me the most (15 years). $4.5 million, when DiPietro is healthy and playing well, doesn’t seem that egregious.

If there’s a contract that nudges against Drury’s and Brad Richards’, it’s Scott Gomez’. He’ll make $8 million this year, $7.5 million next year, and $5.5 million the year after that. That’s a horrible contract. In NJ, there’s Brian Rolston and his $5 million. Plus Zubrus, at $3.4, for the next 3 seasons. In Minnesota, D-man Nick Schultz and his $3.6 million seems a bit misplaced. He’ll be making that until 2013.

Ya know something folks, Vinny Lecavalier will be paid until the Year 2020. Ten more years, at a cap hit of $7.727 million. He’ll make $10 million-per-season until 2016. In 2017, it slips to $8.5 million. In 2018, it falls to $4.0 million. In 2019 he’ll make $1.5 million. And in 2020, he’ll still be hitting the Lightning’s cap for $1.0 million. I think Vinny Lecavalier is a wonderful player. He’s won a cup. He’s a Tier I player. He’s very decorated, in terms of medals and awards in International play. But at $10 million a year, until 2016, methinks the Bolts overpaid. And they have young Stamkos and Victor Hedman to lock up, as well. The Bolts are paying Mr. Meszaros a shiny penny until 2014. And they just locked up Marty St. Louis. The result? They have no money for goaltending. They have to tough it out with Smith and Ellis. In time, those deals for St. Louis and Vinny Lecavalier will hurt the Lightning.

Brendan

July 12th, 2010
6:39 pm

Glovesave29, I agree that it’s unlikely that another GM will help Chicago out of the Huet deal like that. Especially by surrendering a fine young prospect like Pavelec, in the exchange.

Still, I bet fans in Atlanta would jump up and down to get a player like Brian Campbell here. Those fans don’t know what the salary cap is or means in Atlanta. They’d just be happy that he’s a Thrasher. They way they see it, Campbell makes our team better. Well, it’s hard to argue that he wouldn’t. But, he’s a bad contract, with many, many years left on it. Campbell gets paid $7.14 million until 2016. And he’s already 30. This is the “sting” of free agency. Everyone loves their brand new, custom made house, with an inground pool, fenced yard and an 11 room basement, with six bedrooms and 4.5 baths, on a private, 2-acre, wooded cul-de-sac lot. And then … the 3-year ARM is gone and those mortgage payments crush the family budget. You put the mansion on the market, and are looking at a loss of 30% or more off what you paid for it, just 3-years ago. You thought you were making a sound investment in the future. “Seemed like a ‘good idea’ at the time, right?” That’s free agency, in hockey. To the L.A. Kings credit, they see this … and are trying to be ‘prudent’ with Kovalchuk.

World Be Free

July 12th, 2010
6:46 pm

Let’s go way back to Derek Sanderson’s deal with Philly in the WHA in the early 70’s. Sanderson signed a 7 figure contract at a time when NHL players were making peanuts in comparison. Sanderson partied the contract away and ended up broke.

Tronna and the Rangers can fill a lineup with bad free agent contracts. Sather is senile.

Red Light-any A-Rod contract, especially when you consider his performance after the 7th inning of most games. There was a kid named Rasmussen with the Hawks about 25 years ago but never played (help me here Stroz). Speedy Claxton with the Hawks just a few years ago, another stiff.

Red Light

July 12th, 2010
7:08 pm

Blair Rasmussen stole money in Atlanta. No question.

World Be Free

July 12th, 2010
9:16 pm

There’s a couple Steve Sullivans, Danny Brieres and Martin St. Louis’ in the league that’s for sure. All 3 guys are small but also very talented. But small, successful guys are not commom; teams that win the Stanley Cup normally major in size.

I played at about 150# in high school, rec and regional hockey leagues. I got knocked around alot, so I understand what someone like Toby goes through as a smallish player. Looking back, I would have preferred to have been heavier back then and lighter now.

Blair Rasmussen

kracker

July 12th, 2010
10:55 pm

Jon Kontract…hehehe. Not his fault. He was mis-drafted too high (#5 in 1985 out of SMU), somewhat like Patrik Stefan wasn’t a true #1 but he was the consensus pick in his draft year. The real blunder with Stefan was he was the inaugral pick on an expansion team and was thrust into being “the guy” when he should have waited a year or two to play in the NHL or be developed as a 2nd/3rd line center on an established team.

Whatever….As for Koncak, well, he was a blunder draft-wise but you can’t blame him for the Hawks making a bad call at the draft. Nor can you blame him for the Hawks matching the outrageous free agent offer made to Koncak by the Detroit Pistons.

I just read that SMU retired Koncak’s jersey in 2008. Nice

Brendan

July 13th, 2010
1:17 am

Rawhide, it is interesting to think about the possibility of Campbell waiving his NTC to go elsewhere. Indeed, several of his teammates are here. But, we have to weigh that against what Campbell wants. I’ve always said, “UFA’s sign where they want to play.” So long as Campbell still wants to play in Chicago, where ownership is committed to winning, he holds all the cards. That is the power unrestricted free agency holds. Now, I know what some people will say. “Wasn’t Atlanta the runner-up bid to Chicago, in Campbell’s unrestricted free agency?” The technical answer is, “yes.” But I think most of us know that Campbell’s agent was using Atlanta to drive up the price that Chicago paid.” That’s my opinion, anyway. Had Campbell actually wanted to play in Atlanta, the Thrashers offered more ‘guaranteed money’ than Chicago did, for a lesser cap hit, by extending the contract by one year. I repeat, UFA players sign where they want to be. Atlanta’s ownership is not ‘committed enough’ to winning, and the players all know that. Dudley has brought players to Atlanta, not off the free agent market, where it’s the player’s choice, but by trade. Trouble with that strategy is … what happens when these traded players reach UFA status? History tells us, “they all bolt from Atlanta.” (Except for Kozlov, Boulton and Slater.)

Segue to Kovalchuk. Unless I’m totally misreading this situation, Kovalchuk and his agent have more than ‘tipped their hand’ that Los Angeles is where the talented Russian sniper intends to play. How else can we describe what’s happened? Twice Los Angeles made overtures, and twice they said, “no,” due to price. And yet, Kovy’s agent persists and they made a trip to Los Angeles to try to persuade the Kings that Kovy really is worth the money. Did they do that with the NY Islanders? No, they didn’t. Did they do that with the NJ Devils? I’m not too sure, but I think the answer is “no.” So, am I horribly offbase to say # 17 intends to play in Los Angeles? But the issue is years and price tag. As of 9PM on the night of the 12th of July, TSN.ca reports that “no deal is imminent” with the Kings. Kovalchuk’s agent is clearly trying his level best to convince the Kings that the “going rate” for a Tier I left winger is $10 million. In the Kings shoes, I’d smile and nod, “I’m sure it is. Good luck finding that GM willing to pay that. Our offer is 13 years at cap hit of $6.5 million. If your client likes our city and organization, that’s the price. Nothing prevents him from putting pen to paper other than pride.” It’d be pretty hard to ignore the interest-level of Kovalchuk and his agent in playing in their market. The Kings should stick to their guns. The Kings have Doughty, Johnson, and the goaltender Bernier to lock up, down the road. The truth is, the Kings don’t need Kovalchuk to win. They’ll win without him. It’s up to Grossman and Kovy to realize the situation … and alter their price, to play in L.A.

kracker

July 13th, 2010
7:15 am

Humorous twitter – dchesnokov Kovy’s mom with another quote: “No one in the world knows what the Gagarin Cup is. And everyone knows about the Stanley Cup.”

I take it the Gagarin Cup is awarded to the winner of the title series in the KHL? Kovy’s mom is right.

World Be Free

July 13th, 2010
7:48 am

Brendan-when all is said and done, it looks like Brian Campbell still may have a better contract that Kovy will get in L.A. Some people on this blog have disagreed with me on Campbell’s value in Chicago; I think he’s a number 4 defenseman at best on the Hawks while he is making #1 money. That was all very well before the Hawks won the Cup, but now that they have won, the carnage is on in Chicago and it is not over yet. As the Edmonton Oiler fans how painful it is to see your star players sold off and winning on other teams for seaosn to come. Six more years at $7M + and a no trade clause; all the reasons not to let Dale Tallon negotiate a contract for your team. Let’s hope he hasn’t learned his lesson and he gives Stephan Weiss a similar deal to handcuff the Panthers for a few seasons.

rob

July 13th, 2010
8:26 am

Tim Horton’s certainly helped me put on some weight!!! Dam donuts!!! Thankfully there are none here.

Rawhide

July 13th, 2010
8:40 am

kracker – Yes indeed…the Gagarin Cup is the trophy awarded to the KHL champions. It is named after Soviet Union cosmonaut Yuri Gargarin, the first man to travel into space.

World Be Free

July 13th, 2010
8:44 am

Rawhide-I did not know that. And we don’t have an Alan Sheppard or John Glenn trophy to counter such a space honor?

glovesave29

July 13th, 2010
8:53 am

Gagarin died as a test pilot.

Cant remember where I read it…it was years ago. But Boris Mikhailov, the great Soviet winger told of a story where Yuri Gagarin skated with the national team. He was a huge hockey fan. The players were as in awe of him as he was of them.

Rawhide

July 13th, 2010
8:56 am

Rawhide-I did not know that. And we don’t have an Alan Sheppard or John Glenn trophy to counter such a space honor?

WBF – Nope, but I’m quite sure there have been many rookie goalies who have recited Alan Shepard’s prayer prior to their first NHL start…the same prayer uttered by the astronaut while awaiting blastoff on May 5, 1961.

“Dear Lord, please don’t let me &$#@ up”.

Red Light

July 13th, 2010
9:00 am

The Gargarin Cup carries the same weight as the Suzy Kolber Sideline Reporter of the Year Award doesn’t it?

Tony C.

July 13th, 2010
9:08 am

Because U.S. doesn’t have nearly the sense of history/national identity as Russia does. Since the advent of color TV it’ been a consumable/disposable culture. Seriously, ask anyone 28 or under who Alan Sheppard is and I’ve got $20 that says 9-out-of-10 have no clue. On the flip side, I’d be willing to bet they know “Snooki”s real name.

If you don’t know who Snooki is, trust me, count yourself blessed.

DWTOO

July 13th, 2010
9:12 am

What was that Alan? Everything is A-OK! Best line in both the book and movie “The Right Stuff”.

R/L – bad comparison between a brave man and a person whose sole acheivement is looking cute.

Tony C.

July 13th, 2010
9:12 am

9-out-of-10 maybe a bit cynical… seriously, I would bet 40% wouldn’t be able to even produce a close guess

R. Stroz

July 13th, 2010
9:17 am

Someone who signed in under Head of NASA was alluding to the KHL Cup on the last blog:

http://blogs.ajc.com/iceman-thrashers-blog/2010/07/09/thrasherville-gets-torched-and-im-not-just-talking-about-the-weather/#comment-32070

I wonder who would do that?

Rawhide

July 13th, 2010
9:29 am

Tony C. – Sad commentary…but oh so very true. But I promise you that both my boys could tell you not only who Alan Shepard was, but also who John Glenn, Virgil I. (Gus) Grissom, Scott Carpenter, Walter (Wally) Shirra, Gordon (Gordie) Cooper, and Donald (Deke) Slater Slayton are/were.

They could also tell you which one of those seven never flew on a Mercury Project mission, which one died on the launch pad during the Apolo I fire and which one became a U.S. Senator… and from what state.

Problem is, they are in the minority these days when it comes to such things…and for the very reason you cite. People today could care less about things that happening that have a direct impact on their lives…but they sure as hell wanna know what Lindsey Lohan had on her fingernails last week.

Oops…did I just go there?

stepping off soapbox…

glovesave29

July 13th, 2010
9:36 am

Uh, Rawhide…it’s Deke Slayton…not Slater. That’d be JIM Slater.

I can buy the 9/10. Hell, 40% of Americans cannot find Nebraska on a map. So knowing our space pioneers is probably even worse….sigh.

World Be Free

July 13th, 2010
9:41 am

James Garner recited Shepard’s prayer in “Space Cowboys”.
Tony C.-I think you are right on about 9-10 not knowing. To make it worse, I bet alot of them don’t know any of the astronaut’s names, missions, the horrible events of 1967 or maybe even the Challenger disaster. But that’s for another blog-don’t get me going.

Rawhide

July 13th, 2010
9:42 am

GS29 – Oh Gawd…see what happens when I get worked up! :lol:

DWTOO

July 13th, 2010
9:45 am

Ok – Since I’m part of the 10% I’ll ask – what kept Slayton from flying?

Any of you remember when everyone would be herded into the school auditorium to watch the balstoffs and touchdowns?

GS29 – Sad state of affairs here. Reminds me of the time I was bored and watching some sutpid quizz show. Bimbo had no idea of a basic history question and had to have help, but, absolutely nailed the Desperate Housewife question (which I had absolutely no clue).

Red Light

July 13th, 2010
9:46 am

Sorry DWTOO, I was just pointing out that the KHL is a non entity in the grand scheme of things in the hockey world.

I have had an opportunity to think about the Sharks’ offer sheet for Niklas Hjalmarsson and am thrilled about the entire saga. Stan Bowman rode in on his father’s coattails. Yes, he paid a few dues along the way but this is a classic case of nepotism and trying to impose will on a franchise.

From the club’s website: “Bowman played an integral part in the recent major free agent signings of Marian Hossa, Tomas Kopecky and John Madden in 2009, and Brian Campbell and Cristobal Huet in 2008 while weighing in on the decision making that brought players such as Patrick Sharp, Kris Versteeg and Andrew Ladd to the club in trades.”

His dad was named senior advisor, hockey operations on July 31, 2008.

My point being, Tallon and Dudley lay most of the groundwork, and then the Bowmans come in looking like knights on a white charger when the Hawks win the Cup, taking credit for everything that transpired.

During the draft, I saw an interview with Tallon, and the TSN guy said Tallon was “the architect of Stanley Cup Champions,” to which Tallon said rather curtly, “Thank you.” It was as though he was surprised anyone remembered what he had done in Chicago, which is what I think the Bowmans wanted to have happen. They were the chosen ones by John McDonough IMO.

OK, so back to the Hjalmarsson offer sheet. Sharks had cap space and they knew the Hawks didn’t. It was fabulous use of leverage on Doug Wilson’s part, who ironically played 14 seasons for the Blackhawks before playing in San Jose his last two seasons as a player. The ass’t GM in San Jose, Wayne Thomas, played for Bowman the Elder in Montreal in the early 70s.

In the end, Wilson further weakens the Stanley Cup Champions roster, which was well within his rights to do so. But what I find really interesting is that Dudley improved his own roster and provided the Hawks with the ability to do what they wanted, to get draft picks, prospects, less expensive players and to free up cap space, whereas the conference rival tried to stick it to ‘em.

More of these kind of moves by conference rivals could be even more entertaining than the games.

Rawhide

July 13th, 2010
9:57 am

DWTOO – It was a heart murmur. He served as NASA’s director of flight crew operations after that…however, he was cleared to fly years later.

He did get to go to space in 1975 as the docking module pilot during the Apollo-Soyuz mission.

R. Stroz

July 13th, 2010
10:11 am

With the current state of NASA and it’s new stated objectives, the only semblance left will be history courses.

kracker

July 13th, 2010
10:16 am

Snooki?? No idea who this is. A rapper?

Rawhide

July 13th, 2010
10:19 am

New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner dead at age 80.

3stripes

July 13th, 2010
10:39 am

There was an early buzz (Saturday maybe) about John Albert. Can anyone give an update?

The Smooth Spark

July 13th, 2010
10:45 am

From new assistant coach Mike Stothers: “The Thrashers organization is a first-class organization and I’m happy to be here.”

Somebody please alert Ilya Kovalchuk, Slava Kozlov and Colby Armstrong along with posters SoB, LAC, EastPointBob etc and the AJC press-corps of opinion mongering, Bradley and Schultzie, the Thrashers REALLY ARE a first-class organization!! Who knew??

Red Light

July 13th, 2010
10:47 am

3stripes

He will almost assuredly be going back to Ohio State for his senior season. As Rawhide told us, he looked really good over the weekend but probably doesn’t project as a “keeper” at this point. He could be a 2011-12 prospect, but more likely 2012-13 after a full year of professional hockey after graduation.

Brendan

July 13th, 2010
10:52 am

I don’t know who Snooki is either. And, upon blogger advice, I’m glad I don’t. But I do remember gathering in a school assembly for a space launch and, occasionally, a landing. I remember the Challenger explosion all too well. Back in those days, we didn’t sit around the breakfast table saying, “Oh look, a space shuttle exploded, killing everyone. Pass the sugar.” We’re so desensitized to tragedy, that the SEARS Tower could come crumbling down and people in America might say, “Pfft. We’ve seen this, before. Can’t the terrorists come up with anything new? This copycat stuff is for the birds. Are you gonna eat that biscuit? ‘Cuz if not, give it here. MMMMMM.”

Red Light, I think it was James Duffie who complimented Tallon on his work building the Stanley Cup champions. Tallon seemed ‘appreciative’ that someone was willing to point that out. On TV. I can’t say as I blame him. Tallon’s approach has been one of, “If you want out of South Florida, that can be arranged.” And off went Nathan Horton. And if Stephen Weiss says the same thing, I suspect he’d be moved, as well.

WBF, Campbell might wind up with a better deal than Kovy. It’s possible. I personally think Kovlachuk’s eventual deal with be a cap hit of $8.5 or better. But, I really, truly wouldn’t blame Kovalchuk to do some one-year deal with either L.A. or Detroit … just to see if he can win that Cup next year. I’ve said it before, “There’s nothing Kovy cannot buy in life, except a living, breathing pet dinosaur for his daughter.” So, … what difference would it make if Kovy signed with Detroit for $4.5 million, just to see if might result in a Cup? What’s the harm? He’s 27. He’ll be 28, and a UFA next year. GM’s will still be just as interested in him then as they are now. Kovy’s PRIME YEARS still very much lay ahead. He hasn’t, and won’t lose a step in a year or so. Ilya Kovalchuk may not be a complete player, but he is, per Mario Lemieux, “the best pure sniper in the NHL.” I don’t disagree. Kovalchuk has amazing shooting skill, and the skating ability that is necessary to compliment it.

Rawhide

July 13th, 2010
10:52 am

3stripes – What Red Light said….

3stripes

July 13th, 2010
10:55 am

Cool. Thanks, guys.

Brendan

July 13th, 2010
10:56 am

Rawhide, OMG. I knew Steinbrenner was getting up there, but I didn’t know he was 80. At least the Yankees won one last title before his passing.

The Smooth Spark

July 13th, 2010
11:04 am

“At least the Yankees won one last title before his passing.”

Yes, because six wasn’t enough before that. ;-) It will be interesting to see if his son ends up destroying the Yankees with his knuckle-headed decision-making.

R. Stroz

July 13th, 2010
11:07 am

The Smooth Spark – What did you expect him to say?

So, who put a sock in Grossman’s mouth? J.K. Sockey?

Anyone, one week without Grossman’s BS on twitter.

Man up Grossman, you screwed your client.

The Smooth Spark

July 13th, 2010
11:13 am

Huh? Are you referring to the Stothers quote?

It was supposed to be tongue-in-cheek humor. I wasn’t serious.

C’mon, you know me better than that!

Dwayne

July 13th, 2010
11:13 am

Isn’t Alan Sheppard the guy who threw hambuger meat, mashed taters and cheese in a bowl and called it a pie?

Russ

July 13th, 2010
11:14 am

Smooth Spark – As long as baseball doesn’t institute a salary cap the Yankees will be fine. Being able to spend twice what anyone else does and 7-8 times what a lot of other teams do covers up most bad decisions. Teams like Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Oakland, etc are basically just minor league teams that develop talent for the Yankees/Red Sox/Mets of the world.

Dwayne

July 13th, 2010
11:15 am

Worst contact EVER….Don Wadells

Dwayne

July 13th, 2010
11:25 am