Which ex-Thrasher do you find yourself missing most?

With any stroke of luck, the hockey gods will smile upon us sometime early this week and we’ll hear news of whatever decision the arbitrator has made in the Kovalchuk contract saga. Personally, I’ve been over his departure for some time now and I think this latest “As The Kovalchuk Turns” drama has long since jumped the shark.

And while I also believe that more and more Thrashervillians have come to say to themselves that Kovalchuk’s departure is The Best This That Ever Happened To Me, I Can’t Fight This Feeling that there are still a few of you that still more than a handful of fans still suffer from a sort of jilted lover syndrome when it comes to number 17. You know…loved him and told him You Are Everything while he was a Thrasher…then, through the bitter breakup period of last winter, many seemingly sang to him Don’t Give Up On Us and If You Leave Me Now you’ll take a way the biggest part of our offense. And once he ultimately took off for New Jersey, some among us felt Bluer Than Blue-Sadder Than Sad.

Since that time, many have gotten over the latest jilting of a star player. They’ve thanked him For The Good Times and moved on with their hockey lives. Sadly though, others still have not dealt with their Feelings and have been seen nightly in the Thrasherville Tavern drowning their sorrows while listening to breakup songs on the old jukebox.

But Kovy is not the first fling to take leave of us. ..and to that point, I wonder if there are other players out there you might like to play a song for. You know, as a way of letting it known you’d welcome then back to Thrasherville with Open Arms. If so, step on up and select a tune to send out to your favorite former Thrashers.

I’ll start things off with some song selections and players to dedicate them to. If you like them I’ll drop the record down onto the turntable and we’ll spin it for all to enjoy.

Selection K17 “Nobody Does It Better”– This number is dedicated to the aforementioned Ilya Kovalchuk, who is currently a New Jersey Devil. He’s the all-time leading scorer for the Thrashers and, while he would not be atop my list of players returning, many would still love to see him back in Philips playing for Atlanta. Let’s face it…50 goal scorers don’t just grow on trees, so once you land a good one ya gotta find a way keep ‘em. Unfortunately, former GM Don Waddell’s inability to keep such a good man is the reason why the Thrasherville Tavern has been kept so busy for the past decade.

Selection S09 “Baby Come Back”– This is my personal selection and it goes out to our old number 9, Marc Savard. Savy came to us back in November of 2002, acquired from Calgary in exchange for Ruslan Zainullin. While with Atlanta, Marc scored 63 goals and 133 assists in 184 games played. Although he was a –12 in the three seasons here, he has been a +30 player over the past three years in Boston…including a +25 in 2008-09. Imagine him between Kane and Buff right now.

Selection H18 – “Maybe I’m Amazed”– In his almost three seasons here, Marian Hossa dazzled us with his strong play on the right boards. Well, that is, up until the winter of 2008 when he seemed to hold a little back for whoever his new team would be after the trade deadline. As we all know, that was Pittsburgh. And after falling just short of the Stanley Cup there he then fell just short again the next season in Detroit. Last year, though, he finally caught up with the Cup and his name is permanently engraved upon it. While with the Thrashers, he netted 108 goals and 140 assists. In the playoff season of 2006-07, he amazed us with a 100-point performance.

Selection H01  “Unforgettable”– Johan Hedberg was certainly a player that fans loved having in Atlanta. And it’s hard to imagine just where we would have been last season without the Moose in net. Not only did he perform his job well on the ice, but he was well respected in the locker room as well. His time here will certainly be unforgettable.

Selection L32 “Precious and Few”– Not all of our ex’s live in Texas…but Kari Lehtonen does play there now. And I chose this tune for him because it best illustrates the number of happy memories he left us with…precious and few. The second overall selection in the 2002 draft has all the natural God-given abilities you can ask for in a goalie, and the potential for greatness in definitely there. But with Kari, the issue isn’t as much his play between the pipes as it is what’s playing between his ears. He’s has a new start in Big D right now and honestly that may be the best thing for him…maybe for us too.

Which ex-Thrasher would you most like to see return?

  • Ilya Kovalchuk (15%, 35 Votes)
  • Marc Savard (36%, 83 Votes)
  • Marian Hossa (17%, 38 Votes)
  • Johan Hedberg (12%, 28 Votes)
  • Kari Lehtonen (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Maxim Afinogenov (6%, 14 Votes)
  • Todd White (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Garnet Exelby (4%, 9 Votes)
  • Another player (8%, 18 Votes)

Total Voters: 230

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Selection A61 “Do You Know Where Your Going To?”– The latest player to officially cut ties with us is Maxim Afinogenov. His fling with us was brief, just one season. But his time here was full of excitement and thrills. He scored a career-high 24 goals playing in all 82 outings last year…quite a few of them coming late in periods and games. But Friday it was announced he was heading to play in the KHL…the league that Alexander Burmistrov called an old man’s league. While that may or not be true, last I checked it’s damn-near impossible to win a Stanley Cup Championship over there.

Selection W12 “I Was Only Joking” – Todd White. Again…I Was Only Joking.

Selection X02 “Never The Same”– Kind of tough to speak about ex’s here without at least giving some mentioned to Mr. X himself. Last season was the first time since 2000-01 that the Thrashers with without the services of the defenseman that was selected in the 8th round of the organization’s very first draft. He was definitely a fan favorite while here and the first few seasons we saw much promise in the hard-hitting blueliner. But Garnet just was never the same player after suffering a concussion a few seasons back.

There are my suggestions…but like I said, maybe you have other players you’d like to dedicate songs to as a way of letting us know they are still welcome. And remember, whomever you may desire back in a Thrashers uniform can be based purely upon emotion. Your choice is not tied to whether or not it’s feasible, practical or even possible for this player to be re-acquired.

So just for this one time, spare us the “this player doesn’t fit into our cap structure” and “that player’s team won’t trade them” logic. We are dealing with matters o the heart here!

However with that said, let me also acknowledge the one player we all wish was back with us… Dan Snyder. S37 will always be #1 on our play list and the song of Danny’s memory will always be in our hearts.

232 comments Add your comment

ben

August 9th, 2010
7:14 pm

his next deal will be 2 years.

R. Stroz

August 9th, 2010
7:22 pm

Red Light – The Rangers have no cap room without Staal being re-signed.

Then again, Kovy might want Todd White as his top line center again.

TOO FUNNY!

World Be Free

August 9th, 2010
7:32 pm

I have no issue with paying players big contracts, just pay them when they are playing. Stinks when owners give player contracts paying them beyond their playing years just to get around a salary cap. I am glad the league won, Gross-bag and Kovy rolled the dice and lost. They’ll get their money somewhere, eventually. Maybe be in NJ-who knows.

Thrashers27

August 9th, 2010
7:33 pm

That is funny, Stroz!

Now how long will this crap drag out until he gets an acceptable contract?

Joe Friday

August 9th, 2010
7:47 pm

That’s unreal, or surreal? Sweet Lou has plan B in place, I’m think. He isn’t walking away empty handed and losing draft picks. Take two years off the end of the deal, redistribute a bit more to the later years of the contract and it conforms to other contracts that were accepted.

Mr. Hand

August 9th, 2010
7:48 pm

I do not like truancy.

R. Stroz

August 9th, 2010
7:50 pm

Joe Bob Friday – Yeah, but wasn’t it fun to watch Grossman get his tail kicked.

R. Stroz

August 9th, 2010
7:51 pm

BTW – Pun Intended

Alan R.

August 9th, 2010
8:05 pm

Soma – That’s still considered 80s, as the song “Head Like A Hole” came out in 1989.

That’s right. Big NIN fan, right here.

Tom Lysiak

August 9th, 2010
8:08 pm

I already threw one out for Jeff Odgers this morning. But, now I’d like to offer a selection for Sage and all the other “jilted lovers”. How about “Fooled Around and Fell In Love” by Elvin Bishop?

Alan R.

August 9th, 2010
8:08 pm

Also, for posterity:

“In order to retain status as a certified agent … each agent shall annually certify he has not violated CBA Article 26 (no circumvention).”

@Capgeek tweeted that on 20 July.

Sparky (Smoothie)

August 9th, 2010
8:29 pm

gs29 – re: Todd White and JWilly, post of the week! Bravo!

For some Kovy fans who can’t let go: Stevie Tyler says “tell me what it takes to let you go! Oooo hoooo! Tell me how the pain’s supposed to go a whoah!”

Lord Stanley

August 9th, 2010
8:37 pm

Have they officially announced the Devils penalty.

Jack

August 9th, 2010
8:42 pm

Karma is a real b^&*^.
Kchoke and Grossman get what they deserve

SomaAtl95

August 9th, 2010
8:44 pm

@ Alan R. yes, I know. Pretty Hate Machine was the album. Came out when I was in the 7th grade. Didn’t start listening to much music till 91 or so, when I got into High School and was actually allowed out of the house (MTV was blocked and my folks were doing their best to filter what I was listening to, fearing I would turn out to be like my older brother) so yes, while its an 80’s release I always associated it in a block of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, The Smashing Pumpkins, etc which all hit it big (and found airplay in Atlanta radio) in the early 90’s. Many an evening of driveway basketball was spent listening to those bands, L7, Kilo-G, Cypress Hill, etc, and yes, a lot of NIN. My old man was a tightly wound cop when I was young and the only rock music I was allowed to listen to was “Guns N Roses” because my folks never bothered to listen to the music until I had already had it memorized – anything that I was listening to was sampled and I was told to get rid of it if it was deemed offensive. I was raised on Fox 97, which I hated then but started to appreciate when I became a fan of music.I pretty much went from Fox 97 in the 80’s to Alternative in the 90’s.

I use “Head Like a Hole” as one of the custom songs played on NHL 10 when the opposition is going to the sin bin. Its fun to mix in songs I hear at Philips and on TV for all the actions in the NHL games – gives a chance to add in songs you’d never hear at any arena “Star******* Inc.” and Mansons “Beautiful People” are a couple of examples.

Anyways, sorry for the long ramble. Like the old NBC ads say about reruns, if you haven’t watched the repeats yet then they’re new to you. In 1991 I had not heard NIN yet, so it was new to me. And BTW, the fragile tour stop @ Lakewood (with A Perfect Circle opening) was far and away one of the best shows I had ever seen, the light show was one of the coolest things ever.

SomaAtl95

August 9th, 2010
8:53 pm

And if you wanna get all technical about it, while the Album itself came out in 1989, the song wasn’t released as a single until March 22, 1990. “Down in it” was the first single and released in 89. :)

R. Stroz

August 9th, 2010
9:01 pm

After watching Jason Williams play in Atlanta for the first time, I nicknamed him “Creme Puff” and said, “Wow, Waddell found a player softer than Charmin.”

HookyBob

August 9th, 2010
9:15 pm

Mr Tiller, with today’s precedent I hope you haven’t borrowed against the future earnings your new 17 yr, front-loaded contract with the AJC.

I guess Kovy could be singing “No Sugar Tonight.” I’m glad we don’t have a dog in the fight as Kovy is “Already Gone.”

I miss a lot of former “Boys in Blue”. An early favorite was Andrew Brunette, good in corners, good in front of the net, a blue collar guy who went on to have a very respectable NHL career. Seems like “You don’t know what you got til it gone.”

No doubt there is a chorus of ex-Thrashers singing a version of Stroz’s choice,…”Take this franchise and shove it.”

I like the song theme for former Thrashers (golden oldies,.. right?) Hope one day you have one for the current crew. I’d give Duds some BTO “Takin care of Business” and “You ain’t seen nothing yet” for theme music. Wish he had been here from day 1. Would really like to see him build a team from scratch.

Maybe each player could have their song. I’d give Kane “Smoke on the (hard) Water.” Just ask Mat Cooke.

Sage of Bluesland

August 9th, 2010
9:24 pm

Not meaning to cause controversy (what, me?), but I’ll second the very few comments on Dany Heatley. Way before he showed what he sadly was all about, he was the cornerstone of the franchise…the future legitimate captain…

My, the heady days of the 2001-2002 season, when we had the top two–TWO–rookies in the league vying for rookie-of-year honors! How bright the future seemed! Our languishing in the cellar of the league (for what seemed longer than two years–but ignorance was bliss) seemed to have paid off with (two) legitimate playmakers and leaders to finally build around.

Nope, my vote–for purely sentimental reasons and for remembering a much simpler time–when the proverbial Sun seemed to be rising in Thrashersland (as opposed to the clock being stuck on midnight)…When Don Waddell’s words were ‘cheered’ by the fans–his periodic newsletter, promises, assurances, and “Five-Year Plans” were listened with attentive ears…when we actually believed there was a ‘real’ farm system and that the “Legends of Blueland” were not mythical fantasies of marketing!

My vote goes for Heatley–the crossroads (so to speak) between the honeymoon and the divorce…the end of the innocence…the hurricane which swept through Thrashersland that I still don’t believe the landscape has recovered…

I know that this pick is the target of much (deserved) scorn and ridicule–but it still makes me sad in so many different ways when I think of the whole thing…I lift my beer to those days and remember…

Jack

August 9th, 2010
9:42 pm

Good Point. If idiot doesn’t try to showoff his sports car many things would of been much brighter

Hokie P. Clisters

August 9th, 2010
9:43 pm

Selection BR549: Help Me Bondra. Old man Pete provided a spark but everything soon went dark when our goalies started falling like flies.

Hokie P. Clisters

August 9th, 2010
9:51 pm

Selection RU6: The Long and Winding Road: That’s for all us fans still dreaming of a playoff victory.

Rawhide

August 9th, 2010
9:58 pm

Mr Tiller, with today’s precedent I hope you haven’t borrowed against the future earnings your new 17 yr, front-loaded contract with the AJC.

HookyBob – Funny you should bring that up. I just recieved word from my agent Jane Gropeman late this afternoon that Cox Enterprises rejected my 17-year $101 contract….they said it violated some sort of CBA, (Collective Blogging Agreement)….whatever the hell that is. From what I understand, they don’t believe I intend to be blogging 10+ years out. I know I’ll be deep into my 50s then, but I think it’s within the realm of possibility that I could still be going even at that age, don’t-cha-think?

Anyway…they’ve assigned an associate in payroll to be a neutral party arbitrator for this situation. That person will let us know if the contract stands or if I’m a free agent again.

God…I just hate all this uncertainty.

SomaAtl95

August 9th, 2010
10:03 pm

Rawhide – sorry your contract didn’t go through, better off though, 17 years is just too much time servicing Cox. Eventually you’ll need to take a break, maybe drink some water, etc.
Sorry, couldn’t resist, yet again.

Brendan

August 9th, 2010
10:05 pm

Mr. Rawhide, may I make a request? I’d like to hear some Sheryl Crow. I’d like to dedicate it to Bobby Holik, from Don Waddell. Please play, “My Favorite Mistake.”

kracker

August 9th, 2010
10:16 pm

Jane Gropeman….groan. But darned funny!

Here’s to hoping Jay isn’t similarly gross.

Brendan

August 9th, 2010
10:40 pm

And the sentimental side of Sage of Bluesland appears. You’re never gonna forgive them for those horrid game programs are you, Sage? Admittedly, “Legends of Blueland” is pretty lame, as well as pretentious. There are only on a few clubs who could legitimately claim to have a slew of legends in their history. Montreal comes immediately to mind. Toronto, too. Chicago, Detroit and the NY Rangers. Edmonton. The Isles. Boston.

Right now, I’d hard-pressed to think which Thrasher will be seen, ultimately, as a “Thrasher legend.” Ilya Kovalchuk was only here from 2001 to 2010. When his career is over, he will have spent more time with his next team or teams than he did in Atlanta. And should Kovalchuk go into the Hall of Fame one day, it very well may be as a Devil, assuming he re-signs there, as I suspect he will.

Dany Heatley will not go into the “Hall” as a Thrasher. And I have absolutely no idea what team he’d claim, if elected. If Braydon Coburn ever gets there, it’ll be as a Flyer or some other team. Kari Lehtonen, barring a dramatic career turn-around, isn’t Hall of Fame-bound. Clearly, Patrik Stefan is not going in. Nor will Alex Bourret. Or Boris Valabik, more than likely. Marc Savard will not likely elect Calgary or Atlanta as how he goes into the Hall, if elected in. He’s apt to go in as a Bruin. Bobby Holik will go in as a Devil, almost for certain. I’d be surprised if he picked the Rangers. It won’t be as a Thrasher. Marian Hossa will probably make it to the Hall, and go in as a Chicago Blackhawk, barring dropping his NTC to play elsewhere. Though, he played quite a while in Ottawa.

Looks like it’ll have to be Kane or Bogosian, assuming either one will sacrifice UFA eligibility to remain a Thrasher. If Slava Kozlov is elected into the Hall, I would think he’d pick the Detroit Red Wings as his representation. Right now, the Thrashers with the greatest longevity are Jim Slater and Eric Boulton.

Jack

August 9th, 2010
10:44 pm

Any idea if this kchoke soap opera will have any impact to potential trades or signing a UFA. Would love to hear what Dudley has to say. Maybe chris V will have somethng to say…….

ben

August 9th, 2010
11:02 pm

Brendan that is a good point, but I really doubt Kovy will be in the NHL in 8 years. He doesn’t play defense. In this league, he’s gotta do that to make up for what Father Time takes away. The majority of the Thrasher legends most likely aren’t yet born. I’d rather have greatness in the future than in the past like the Leafs.

Mike B

August 9th, 2010
11:10 pm

Jon Sim, no apologies!!

Brendan

August 10th, 2010
12:29 am

ben, another thought occurs to me. Supposing Kovalchuk’s NHL career is over, and he opts for the $$$ in the KHL for 10-years or more. Well, if so, then he’d be eligible to return at age 37 to finish out whatever years are left. I know. I know what you’ll say, and I agree. “He’s not gonna do that.” All I’m saying is … if Kovy doesn’t come back to the NHL, and he gets elected to the Hall of Fame based solely on his massive goal scoring for the past 8 seasons, (ignoring his minus-80 something +/-,) then he would go in as a Thrasher, more than likely. And he’d finish his NHL career with one (1) playoff win, at 1-8. That’s kinda funny to think about, isn’t it? Lou will get him re-signed, one way or another.

Gretchelby

August 10th, 2010
12:38 am

Do I even need to vote? Really…my name says it all…..maybe Tom Waites…I ain’t missing you at all…which is a song of sour grapes is the song I would sing I guess, as I feel I am still licking my wounds since he left! X never stopped giving everything he had…I hear talk about how “he was never the same, after those concussions”…so…let Boultz do the fighting as he is our boxer…X is still one of the most feared hitters in the league, which is really his signature. He is just more recognized now by skaters who have learned from other’s mistakes and know the first of the “X” commandments ….”thou shall not skate with thy head down” (what a sign that was:)..). And what a dynamic fan favorite he was too, always good for a Ron Burgundy skit or too…or a kiss cam laugh! Always recognizing the kids in the community and giving back…attitude and heart make for a lot in a player, and make for a better human being. And the Toronto Triangle (a lot for me like Bermuda) taught me that 1. I can enjoy another team for a season or two and 2. I can road trip to see him play and buy center ice.. and 3. I still hate Ron Wilson…. it sets up other experiences- new places and friends. And to those who feel they have lost that loving feeling now that Kovy or Kozzy or Lehtonen have moved on…..if I survived….so can you….and at least in Atlanta you can get away alive when wearing another team’s jersey. And those of you happy that my boy has gone to other ponds…in the world of fans…your opinion doesn’t matter on the topic of X when it is down next to mine…so save your breath and focus on your own lost love….and survive…and look forward to the next season as best you can. Rawhide, great article, as I feel there are a lot of fans in healing mode now…it’s a hard place to be, as I have been camped out here a little over a year :) ….and I miss Marc Savard….or as he is known in Boston…”Mac Savad” too. :(

ben

August 10th, 2010
1:01 am

Yes, Kovy gets a massive contract. No, he won’t play on it as long as he played with Le Thrash. Because he won’t play defense. He may go to the Devs, but I hope he doesn’t. The Devs stile of play is boring and only viable because of Broduer. I just think he’s going to a free-wheeling offensive team. The Ruskies can’t pay him, and he’d better know that. Plus all the off ice “issues” that go with living there. The KHL is little more than a chip with which to bargain. And I think a lot of GMs know that.

Alan R.

August 10th, 2010
7:11 am

For your morning reading pleasure. Posting the direct link to ensure some people read it:

http://offsidesportsblog.blogspot.com/2010/08/analysis-of-kovalchuk-decision.html

Rhythmpenguin

August 10th, 2010
7:32 am

Throwback to a different Thrashers team.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCQld1IbYMI

hipp czech

August 10th, 2010
7:38 am

Would the league really retroactively void the Hossa, Pronger, Luongo, and Savard contracts?

That would take some brass ones, but man would that be fun. Luongo would really be a loser in the current market, imagine Vancouver walking away from Luongo and signing Niemi on the cheap. Would love to see the Hossa deal nixed too.

Interesting times.

kracker

August 10th, 2010
7:57 am

Thanks for the link. Alan. This is the comment I posted below the article:

Atlanta fan here. This is a good thing for the NHL and hockey. All these front-loaded contracts are clearly designed to artificially lower the cap hit.

In principle, I urge the league to challenge them all. However, the message has been sent and this situation can be dealt with in the next CBA.

To that end, further challenges at this time may only serve to harden feelings between the league and the players union and fuel sentiment for another player strike/owner lockout. No one, certainly no fan, wants another work stoppage.

Dwayne

August 10th, 2010
8:11 am

Great post sage….and wadell still sux.

Cliff Fletcher

August 10th, 2010
8:40 am

Hipp, I was thinking the same thing last night. But I doubt the league will want to open the “can or worms” and distract from the upcoming season. Let the Kovalchuk contract be done with, no fines on the Devils of the player. Bettman and company got their message out, that enough is enough on contracts that pay players not to play by paying them beyond their years. Management deserves what they get in the next collective bargaining agreement. What I fear is that we as fans will suffer the effects of these stupid contracts, someway, somehow. Call me paranoid, but these deals stink.

We all forgot Garnett Exeby – “Ex” did the most with the least amount of talent. Tribute – “Long May You Run”, Stills/Young Band.

Alan R.

August 10th, 2010
8:46 am

This also effectively means Grossman is no longer an approved agent. The ruling by the arbitrator doesn’t just imply Jay violated Article 26, the ruling directly states it.

Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy, really. Adios, Jay!

Badger Bob

August 10th, 2010
9:01 am

Nicely said, Sage!

Bloch concluded that “this contract is ‘intended to, or has the effect’ of defeating or circumventing the salary cap provisions of the CBA (collective bargaining agreement).” Hmmmm, I remember one poster saying just that – that it was an actual violation of the CBA, not just a violation of “the spirit of” the CBA. I’m just glad the league has restored some credibility to the salary cap by finally drawing a line in the sand.

kracker

August 10th, 2010
9:07 am

So, Alan, you think Grossman is really in danger of losing certification as an approved agent?? Interesting. That would really make the agents stop dreaming up these ridiculous contracts.

Cliff Fletcher

August 10th, 2010
9:40 am

The Sentimental Sage?
Sounds “sheepish”

Smoothie

August 10th, 2010
9:46 am

Alan R – that would by hysterically awesome. Let’s hope things get even more muddled in the Kovy UFA situation as the shockwaves continue to ripple out from the ruling bomb-drop.

Someone pass me the popcorn, Rawhide is sure to post a new blog on the topic very soon! I want to sit back and enjoy this one!

In the meantime, I’ll try not to puke from the bizzare Sage love-fest that has emerged on page 2 of this blog…please turn the page!

kracker

August 10th, 2010
9:58 am

It’s gotta be an imposter Sage…maybe?

Alan R.

August 10th, 2010
10:00 am

kraker – As per the Capgeek tweet I posted on these blogs on 20 July, and reposted last night, that’s exactly what it means. Jay Grossman must certify that he has not violated Article 26 in order to retain status as a certified agent. Now that it has been ruled on by an arbitrator, and that the ruling is binding, Jay Grossman can no longer make such a certification.

Perhaps he can find work in other leagues, but he can no longer work as a certified agent of NHL players, as he can no longer say he’s never violated Article 26.

Nikita (in PA)

August 10th, 2010
10:10 am

Who do I miss the most? Probably Savvy. Though I kind of enjoyed the Jon Sim era, too.

I think there’s something you guys need to know, though. Yesterday I went to the hockey hall of fame. And there was a little salute to the teams who hosted the All Star game. And guess who the face of the Thrashers was in that display?

glovesave29

August 10th, 2010
10:17 am

There is a report that the other questionable contracts like Hossa, Savard, Pronger and Luongo are now being reviewed…

http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL/2010/08/10/14975886.html

I see this is a bad idea by the NHL brass. They have already proven their point with the Kovalchuk ruling. The precedent has been set. Agents and GM’s now know that SPC’s that circumvent the cap will be denied approval by the league.

The NHL has already approved these contracts and players have completed a season under these agreements. To open them up after this time has passed makes the league look petty and vindictive. If they felt the contracts were negotiated in bad faith to circumvent the cap, they should have been denied at the time they were originally submitted to the league office for approval.

While these contracts are certainly dubious in their intent, none are so brazen as the Kovy deal. If the arbitrator should rule in favor of the players, then any momentum the league has is immediately gone, and they have essentially overturned the precent that has aleady been set.

I think the Bloch decision is, in the long term, good for hockey. I am a free-market guy. Kovy went to the highest bidder, which is his right. But it was not in the best interest of the league and the long term health of pro hockey. Bettman and Daly drew the line in the sand and won. They felt what was good for Kovy was bad for the league. And they are right.

kracker

August 10th, 2010
10:27 am

The Bleacher Report has the Thrash finishing 5th in the SE Div. I never did like the BR.

kracker

August 10th, 2010
10:28 am

Nikita…Heatley?