Bass Destruction wrote:The way I see it, for a talent like Kovalchuk, you'd think that Atlanta would be able to get more than that. And if you factor in the difference between Atlanta's 2nd which will be earlier now, and new jersey's first, which will be later now, there won't be much discrepancy, maybe 10 picks difference? So for that I say, loss Atlanta.
But it's too early to say New Jersey won, because if they can't sign Kovalchuk, then the price they paid is too great for a rental. And it would be loss New Jersey.
So as it stands, with Kovalchuck unsigned, they both lost.
First, I laugh at those that look at Oduya and Bergfors and state that they are not quality pieces. Really...how many New Jersey games do you watch each year....I'm guessing 4-6 (when they play the sens and then a couple on NBC when they play the rangers).
Both players are vastly underrated, and to state that Atlanta needed to get more than a solid puck moving defense man, a promising young scorer, and a hard nosed (and risky) player in Cormier plus a #1 for a guy who many believe it going to the KHL next year then you're losing your mind.
Kovalchuk is rumored to have his eyes squarely set on the KHL. There are a handful of teams who could afford his 10 million a year asking price, and none of them are in a position to offer than money and still put a competitive team together. He knows that, and from what I'm told intends to return to Mother Russia this summer for good.
I personally think New Jersey lost the trade, because they gave up a #1 pick, a good young player in Cormier (even with his issues) and a mainstay on their D in Oduya, plus a player who in 5 years many will consider a top 4 forward on any team. All this for a guy who will be around for no more than 5 months.