Since this discussion was initiated in another thread I thought I'd start a new topic and merge the other posts here.
Well yippee, so another saga of what Kovy wants -- Kovy gets. Well, there are a few hurdles to align before Kovalchuk can return. First of all, he has to be signed by the Devils. But of course, Kovalchuk doesn't want to play for the Devils. He wants a sign and trade, and of course, he doesn't want to be a part of a team rebuild he wants to be on
Except I don't let him back, period. You break contract and go play in the KHL? Fine. But do it knowing there's no return. You don't break contract, go make a little more money playing in a cess pool, and then say, "Screw it, I feel like coming back. Wave your palm branches."
If the NHL wants to continue pretending they're the #1 league in the world, you make the players honor their contracts. They have little recourse if a player does
I completely agree. Although, it's telling that the decision/consideration will be based on ROI & need rather than what it should be based on him him: Principle.
You up and walked, comrade. The grass was greener. Go eat it.
Considering the Devils got out from underneath that hideous contract, I'm actually glad he didn't honor it. It sucked to lose the player, but given the team's financial issues at the time, it was better for them in the long run.
I'm certainly not going to look at him as fondly as I did the first time though. I was a big Kovy fan, but now I just look at him like any other merc.