Kovalchuk to be the next $100M man?

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    Kovalchuk to be the next $100M man?

    Post by shabbs on Wed Oct 21, 2009 6:53 pm

    Could be... Waddell may be putting together a massive offer...

    http://www.cbc.ca/sports/blogs/2009/10/kovalchuk_may_be_next_100m_man.html

    That's a lot of coin.
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    Post by Tuk Tuk on Wed Oct 21, 2009 6:58 pm

    This article really makes me respect Kovalchuk more.

    Kovalchuk is the perfect salesman for the team. Despite occasional
    frustration with losing, he has never demanded a trade or been tainted
    by any whiff of scandal. Hes worked hard to improve his game. His wife
    is Russian, but their two children are Georgia-born, with a third on
    the way. People joke about the fan base, but make no mistake, he is
    beloved. If Kovalchuk leaves, you might as well lock the doors, pack up
    the big trucks and move the franchise.

    He is more of a leader than he gets credit for. Hes embraced the
    captaincy, aiding Waddell in recruiting several players whove helped
    the Thrashers get off to a good start. It was Kovalchuk who ordered
    Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin to settle their differences, not wanting
    their feud to jeopardize Russias Olympic chances.
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    Re: Kovalchuk to be the next $100M man?

    Post by hemlock on Wed Oct 21, 2009 7:51 pm

    Tuk Tuk wrote:This article really makes me respect Kovalchuk more.

    Kovalchuk is the perfect salesman for the team. Despite occasional
    frustration with losing, he has never demanded a trade or been tainted
    by any whiff of scandal. Hes worked hard to improve his game. His wife
    is Russian, but their two children are Georgia-born, with a third on
    the way. People joke about the fan base, but make no mistake, he is
    beloved. If Kovalchuk leaves, you might as well lock the doors, pack up
    the big trucks and move the franchise.

    He is more of a leader than he gets credit for. Hes embraced the
    captaincy, aiding Waddell in recruiting several players whove helped
    the Thrashers get off to a good start. It was Kovalchuk who ordered
    Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin to settle their differences, not wanting
    their feud to jeopardize Russias Olympic chances.

    In other words, worth every cent.
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    Re: Kovalchuk to be the next $100M man?

    Post by shabbs on Wed Oct 21, 2009 8:22 pm

    They should make him a $150M man.

    $10M x 15 years

    That will take him to age 41.

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    Post by wprager on Wed Oct 21, 2009 8:22 pm

    ...he has never demanded a trade or been tainted
    by any whiff of scandal

    Oh, really. I remember a few years back I drafted him in a pool while he was threatening not to report to camp. Memory is a little fuzzy, but I remember he was in Russia, and his pregnant g/f was in New York. I felt pretty safe picking him because I couldn't believe a father-to-be would want to spend too much time away from his young family. At worst, I figured he would ask for a trade to the Rangers. As it happened, he only missed a few games (4 or so), but that was definitely a controversy.


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    Post by PTFlea on Wed Oct 21, 2009 8:40 pm

    shabbs wrote:They should make him a $150M man.

    $10M x 15 years

    That will take him to age 41.

    Wink

    Are you serious? 10 million? Or are you kidding? 8.5 is the max I'd go for him IMO, but I see how much he's worth to the Thrashers.
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    Re: Kovalchuk to be the next $100M man?

    Post by shabbs on Wed Oct 21, 2009 8:49 pm

    SpezDispenser wrote:
    shabbs wrote:They should make him a $150M man.

    $10M x 15 years

    That will take him to age 41.


    Are you serious? 10 million? Or are you kidding? 8.5 is the max I'd go for him IMO, but I see how much he's worth to the Thrashers.
    I was joking.
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    Post by asq2 on Wed Oct 21, 2009 8:53 pm

    He went on record recently as saying that this year's Atlanta team is the best yet.

    And they were pretty good in 2005-2006.

    I think he'll stay. I also think, in terms of offence, he's only a hair worse than Ovechkin. And he's finally got some talent around him again.

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    Post by SensFan71 on Thu Oct 22, 2009 8:41 am

    Man if this deal gets consumated, the wind will go out of the sails of Brian Burke, I think Toronto fans/brass think that every big name upcoming FA is Toronto's to lose, it seemed to be that way with Nash and I imagine up until Kovalchuk puts pen to paper on a deal with Atlanta, the Leafs will be thinking they can get this guy.
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    Post by beedub on Thu Oct 22, 2009 8:53 am

    I'll bet he gets 9 million per. 8 or 9 year deal
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    Post by wprager on Thu Oct 22, 2009 9:48 am

    SensFan71 wrote:Man if this deal gets consumated, the wind will go out of the sails of Brian Burke, I think Toronto fans/brass think that every big name upcoming FA is Toronto's to lose, it seemed to be that way with Nash and I imagine up until Kovalchuk puts pen to paper on a deal with Atlanta, the Leafs will be thinking they can get this guy.

    I'm not sure the fans think that anymore. Tickets for Leafs games are getting sold for half price. To borrow a line from Wallace and Gromit, the spring has gone out of their bungie.


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    Post by SeawaySensFan on Thu Oct 22, 2009 9:52 am

    I would give him a one-year, one million dollar deal to prove he's worth that big contract.

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    Post by SensFan71 on Thu Oct 22, 2009 10:06 am

    wprager wrote:
    SensFan71 wrote:Man if this deal gets consumated, the wind will go out of the sails of Brian Burke, I think Toronto fans/brass think that every big name upcoming FA is Toronto's to lose, it seemed to be that way with Nash and I imagine up until Kovalchuk puts pen to paper on a deal with Atlanta, the Leafs will be thinking they can get this guy.

    I'm not sure the fans think that anymore. Tickets for Leafs games are getting sold for half price. To borrow a line from Wallace and Gromit, the spring has gone out of their bungie.

    About time they came crashing back to reality, but at the same time, has Ottawa sold out a home game yet? Maybe it's the economic times playing a role instead?
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    Post by PTFlea on Thu Oct 22, 2009 10:33 am

    beedub wrote:I'll bet he gets 9 million per. 8 or 9 year deal

    That sounds in the ballpark. 10 million is too much. That's more than Ovechkin, Malkin, Crosby, Chara or Lidstrom make - the best players in the game.
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    Post by Cap'n Clutch on Thu Oct 22, 2009 12:59 pm

    SensFan71 wrote:
    wprager wrote:
    SensFan71 wrote:Man if this deal gets consumated, the wind will go out of the sails of Brian Burke, I think Toronto fans/brass think that every big name upcoming FA is Toronto's to lose, it seemed to be that way with Nash and I imagine up until Kovalchuk puts pen to paper on a deal with Atlanta, the Leafs will be thinking they can get this guy.

    I'm not sure the fans think that anymore. Tickets for Leafs games are getting sold for half price. To borrow a line from Wallace and Gromit, the spring has gone out of their bungie.

    About time they came crashing back to reality, but at the same time, has Ottawa sold out a home game yet? Maybe it's the economic times playing a role instead?

    Yes Ottawa sold out there only Saturday home game so far this season vs. Atlanta with an announced attendance of approx. 19,300.


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