Tag Archive for Ilya Kovalchuk

2/23/13: the Good, the Bad, and the Points-Blown

THE GOOD: Kings win, Sharks, Avs and Preds lose, Coyotes half-lose. THE BAD: Blues, Wings, Stars, and Oilers win, Oilers give away loser point to Coyotes. SILVER LINING: Oilers don’t get a ROW for winning in a shoot-out. WHO CARES: Jackets win lose. Whatever. POINTS-BLOWN: Kings jump all the way to 5th in points-blown, and…

Kovalchuk, DeBoer, praise Loktionov

Devils rally past Capitals, 3-2, on goals from Andrei Loktionov and Ilya Kovalchuk | NJ.com. In a marquee matchup between Ilya Kovalchuk and Alex Ovechkin, the two Russian stars did not disappoint. [...] But it was 22-year-old Russian Andrei Loktionov who arguably had the best night of all. Loktionov, acquired in a Feb. 6 trade with…

Which players got screwed the most by the two lock-outs?

The 2004-2005 lock-out took a year out of the careers of a generation of players. Now, the 2012-13 lock-out is robbing a second group, and it’s doing it to some people for the second time. Some players — Mike Cammalleri, Dustin Brown, come to mind — may even have benefitted from playing an entire season…

Weber Circumvention, pt. 2

A few additional thoughts after last night’s post. Back in the Summer of Kovalchuk, much was made of the fact that the tail of the (ultimately rejected) contract was minuscule compared to the front-loaded years, by a long shot when compared to other similar deals (e.g. Luongo, Hossa). I wrote a post called The League’s Case, which…

Weber Offer Sheet: CIRCUMVENTION?

One interpretation of Philly’s offer sheet is that they’re trying to make it actually impossible for Nashville to come up with the money. They’re not trying to force Nashville into a cap-crisis (which is a strategy the CBA anticipates). They’re trying to force more money into season one of the deal than is allowed by the CBA, for the purpose of undermining Nashville’s ability to compete.

Why the Flyers Owe the Preds FOUR FIRST ROUND PICKS

You need to check out Article 10.4 of the CBA. It states: 10.4 Draft Choice Compensation for Restricted Free Agents [...] The number and quality of draft choices due [...] shall be based on the average annual value of the compensation contained in the Principal Terms (as defined in Section 10.3(e) hereof) of the New…

Ellen Etchingham, theory_of_ice, MUST READ [CAM JANSSEN CONTENT]

If Janssen’s shit actually worked the way he described, the Devils would be playing him fifteen minutes a night on the top line so he could terrify opposing forwards into coughing the puck up for Kovalchuk. Instead, they don’t dress him for half the regular season and not even one playoff game, and when they do let him play, they give him only five of the very softest minutes against the easiest opposition. Cam Janssen plays the tenderest, juiciest minutes in the game and he still gets roundly crushed in more or less every available metric, including fights [...]. You know what that means? It means Cam Janssen can’t scare anyone out of anything. [...] The only people who are really intimidated are the Devils’ coaching staff, who are patently scared to have Janssen on the ice in any game or situation that actually matters.

No, the new CBA won’t limit contracts to five years

Whatever the new CBA does to put the damper on the “big tail” contracts, it’s going to have to be with an eye toward incremental change. Off the top of my head, I expect:

  • Contracts for players under the age of 35 will not be allowed to take the player past 40, and maybe that number should be lower, 37-ish.
  • There will be some kind of tail-to-dog ratio rule. Something that limits, for example, the top paying 4 or 5 years of a deal to a certain percentage of the lowest paying 4 or 5 years of the deal.