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Not An Easy Time For Kovalchuk

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

Martin Brodeur has never been an unrestricted free agent, but the Devils goalie thinks he knows what Ilya Kovalchuk is going through.

Like Devils management and most fans, he is anxious to hear the winger’s decision about where he will play next season.

“I’m sure Kovy is not feeling good about what is going on right now,” Brodeur said today after another day without a decision from Kovalchuk. “I don’t know for sure, but it can’t be something that is comfortable, because if something is comfortable, you get it done right away.

“When you’re torn between two things or three things, it cannot be something that is fun. The pay day is going to be fun, but regardless of what is coming, you have to think about all of this.


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scotts0's avatar

That’s bullshit.  Sorry Marty, but if Kovy didn’t want to be “uncomfortable” like you’re saying he is, then he wouldn’t be asking for money that practically no team can afford.  Sorry, but in my opinion, Kovy doesn’t care who he plays for as long as they give him $100 million plus, be that in the NHL or the KHL.  He’ll be in Russia next year, which is how he probably wants it.

Posted by scotts0 from New York on 07/09/10 at 11:34 PM ET

UMFan's avatar

Sorry, but in my opinion, Kovy doesn’t care who he plays for as long as they give him $100 million plus, be that in the NHL or the KHL.

Well of course, he’s gotta feed his family doesn’t he? I mean, $7-8 million doesn’t exactly doesn’t feed the children and provide college anymore does it? He might as well live like a hobo for that kind of change.

My opinion, he wants another Atlanta without living in the ATL area. How else do you explain that he thinks he’s worth more than AO, in both production and in butts in the seasts. There was an article written after he won the worlds for the first time claiming that he’s tired of going home in the spring. Well buddy, if true that he is demanding $10 million on a long term deal, thats basically guarenteeing that whatever team in the NHL that serves up that stupid contract is going to do in the mid to long term. Now I don’t begrudge a player trying to get his worth, but this is pure lunacy.

Posted by UMFan from Denver, Colorado on 07/09/10 at 11:52 PM ET

Oilers Rock's avatar

oportunity knock once…. that 100 mil @10 yrs was a one time offer by a desperate Atlanta franchise who is not that desperate anymore. Sucks to be you Kovy. plus not everyone is Don Wadell

Posted by Oilers Rock from Edmonton, Alberta on 07/10/10 at 12:00 AM ET


You guys are too hard on Kovy.

It’s a difficult thing, trying to decide which franchise you are planning on destroying next with your presence.

Shouldn’t rush him.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 07/10/10 at 12:43 AM ET

AvsRock's avatar

He’s holding out for an obscene amount of money.

Maybe he’ll find a GM that’s stupid enough to give him the long term, large sum contract he wants.

Then, he’ll complain in a few years how the GM and ownership aren’t building a competitive team around him.  Completely forgetting that it’s his contract that is screwing the team.

Wasn’t that the problem he had in Atlanta?

Posted by AvsRock from My timeshare in insanity... on 07/10/10 at 03:47 AM ET

Evilpens's avatar

Hey Hey Now He knows what it’s Like to be torn between a few things, Like His wife & sister in Law LOL  gulp

Posted by Evilpens on 07/10/10 at 09:49 AM ET

Alan's avatar

You crapped your bed, Kovy. Now lie in it.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 07/10/10 at 02:34 PM ET

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