Abel to Yzerman
by VooX on 07/21/10 at 12:30 AM ET
When I read the Chief’s post today I was going to write a similar post to this one to break up the Chopper Willa talk around here, but I was too busy during the day to write it up. Just about an hour ago the story got a whole lot more interesting… sometimes patience is a virtue.
NHL deems Kovy contract “a retirement contract”. Says it “artificially drops cap hit”. Also states its too overloaded the first 10 yrs
More from the mainpage via TSN:
The NHL has rejected Ilya Kovalchuk’s 17-year, $102 million contract with the New Jersey Devils on the grounds that it circumvents the NHL’s salary cap.
Kovalchuk was slated to earn $95 million over the first 10 years of the deal and then just $7 million over the last seven seasons. That would translate to an annual cap hit of $6 million per year.
You can almost see the veins on Lou Lamoriello’s massive scalp throbbing from here.
Yet while Lou loses his mind, Stevie is hitting his stride. Also from the mainpage:
This just in: Don’t play poker with Stevie Y.
There has been a whole lot of shakin’ on Channelside Drive by a GM who won’t stop making moves. Yzerman did it again Monday, acquiring Flyers winger Simon Gagne for under-performing defenseman Matt Walker and a fourth-round draft pick…
It’s tricky and I’m not sure I agree with all of it, but there is a plan there and that’s refreshing to see. While wandering in the wasteland the past three seasons, the Bolts’ plan seemed to be drawn up on the back of a napkin with a felt-tip pen that promptly ran…
Watching him work in the short time he has been here, it’s clear that the Bolts’ new GM is decisive, focused and knows what he wants to accomplish. It’s interesting to see the plan take shape.
That’s Joe Henderson from the Tampa Tribune. Something tells me we’ll be hearing more from Joe at A2Y this year.
I’ve considered Tick-Tock and Lou to be the best NHL GMs for a while. They have a track record of winning, and winning often. But Lou has been slipping lately, as have the Devils, and I think the writing is in prune juice on the wall: it’s time for Lamoriello to be put out to pasture. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting he gets shot in the head and made into glue, just given a nice desk job where his aging brain won’t be taxed too much.
Reading from Baroque’s Big Book of Biology, we learn that synapses (the neural highway in the brain) are lost during aging in the prefrontal cortex of primates. Baroque also tells us that the most typical psychological term for functions carried out by the prefrontal cortex area is executive function. Executive function relates to abilities to differentiate among conflicting thoughts, determine good and bad, better and best, same and different, future consequences of current activities, working toward a defined goal, prediction of outcomes, expectation based on actions, and social “control” (the ability to suppress urges that, if not suppressed, could lead to socially-unacceptable outcomes). You may think that comes from wikipedia, but you should know that Baroque is the reference for all legitimate online scientific content.
In his old age, Lou is losing his executive function and should, rightfully, lose his executive function as GM if the Devils want to win in the future.
While details of the NHL’s rejection of the contract Kovalchuk signed with the Devils are still emerging, I can guarantee you that Steve Yzerman would not make the same mistake in seeking approval for this kind of contract (often called a “Ken Holland Contract”) from Gary Bettman and the league. Stevie was a fast student, and one thing he definitely learned from Tick-Tock is when you send a contract to Li’l Gary for approval be sure to send an able, willing, and eager messenger to deliver the contract to Li’l Gary personally. As Tick-Tock knows, Li’l Gary prefers “ballerinas”.
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