Be Careful What You Wish for: Understanding the Ilya Kovalchuk Saga

July 7th, 2010 by BC ISLEMAN Leave a reply »
Ilya Kovalchuk is a rare talent. There have been only a handful of players in the history of the NHL who could be counted on to score 40 or more goals every season. He is one of those few.

But I do NOT want him on my team.

My team is the New York Islanders. As you should know by now, if you have not been stranded on Gilligan's Island, the Islanders were confirmed as one of three teams aggressively pursuing Kovy. And you should also know that the Islanders have ended that pursuit.

Before going further, I should add that press reports of the Isles offering Kovy a 10-year deal worth $100 million were wild exaggerations. The offer, apparently, was for about half that length and amount. Kovy wanted more and apparently New Jersey Devils' General Manager Lou Lamoriello was willing to give it to him. Now Lou is trying to figure out whose salaries he is going to have to dump to make room for Kovy.

Why don't I want Kovy for my team? Well, there are his legendary defensive lapses.

The Isles have one of the best two-way defense men in the game in Mark Streit. They have an excellent goaltender in Dwayne Roloson and several blue chip ...

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