Monday Morning Musings With Me the Big E; Kaberle, Kovi and Bears Oh My!

July 18th, 2010 by Eric Warren Leave a reply »
There seems to be a bit of a log jam in the free agent market. It is almost as if one man is controlling the fate of the entire NHL, and it isn't Gary Bettman.

Ilya Kovalchuk is pulling the string of more than one GM in the NHL right now as well as thousands of fans the world over.

When I say world, I mean world. It's easy to forget that there are more than a few fans over in Europe right now who would love the chance to see the NHL's most potent scoring threat since the lockout in '04-'05 up close and personal.

This quote from the Leafs Blogger Mike Ulmer sums it up almost perfectly, "what Kovalchuk is doing, aside from nothing, is choking off the vital flow of hockey news. I know it’s summer, but a bear’s heart doesn’t stop beating just because he’s hibernating."

The trouble it seem is that almost every other free agent after draft day has been sitting at home wondering where they will be playing next year.

The question isn't really whether the likes of Ruslan Salie, Andy Sutton, Freddy Modin, and Le Stempniak will play next year.

There is still an awful lot of talent left in the ...

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