It's like dealing with a breakup over here
Kovalchuk retiring from the NHL to play in the KHL. Also from what I understand New Jersey doesn't have a first round pick next year because of his signing.
NJ is not contesting the "retirement" because it helps their payroll / salary cap in the long run.
If they really want him they can insist he fulfill the contract. He can't bolt to the KHL if NJ wants him to honor the contract.
ah, the mother of ridiculous contracts.
another one bites the dust.
I get three chances to go see the Wings when they come down to SoFlo next season.
The Black Hawks Camp is trending on twitter as "BHC2013, lol
Melnyk sheds new light on Alfredsson departure, internal budget
Melnyk basically confirming what a few of us said on here re: Alfredsson leaving
and we had Bryan Murray claiming he told Alfie he was going to swing the deal for Bobby Ryan as well as give Alfie a blank check...Melnyk said the team wouldn’t have been able to afford a player the calibre of Bobby Ryan — the Anaheim Ducks’ star forward the team dealt for hours after learning Alfredsson would sign elsewhere — and met the numbers put forward by Alfredsson’s camp.“You can’t have it both ways and say, ‘Well I want this for me, but I want you to do this with me and the team.’ It’s ‘which one do you want?’”
Melnyk says he eventually told general manager Bryan Murray: “We won’t be able to spend that kind of money, so don’t promise that we’re going to bring anybody else in other than filling a hole that was there.”
"And at the end, when I said blank cheque, that would have meant we would not have gotten the (Bobby Ryan-type player). Couldn’t afford it. Just couldn’t do it."
The Senators are operating under an internal player salary budget of just over $50 million (the NHL salary cap currently sits at just over $64 million). It has $50.8 million in salary committed already, according to CapGeek.com, with young restricted free agent defenceman Jared Cowen still to sign.
The Senators’ budget is a necessary move, Melnyk insisted, because of the razor-thin margins his team operates under.
^^^read that as well, definitely something fishy going on. Rumour has it Alfie will be speaking this week (either a presser or an interview or something).
I just need some closure!!! lol
Claude Giroux of Philadelphia Flyers hurt golfing, out 5-6 weeks - ESPN Ok, there are three ways this happened, he either was leaning on the club, he took a swing from the trees and hit the club against a tree or he went all Happy Gilmore on the club.
I've definitely been focusing too much on baseball and not enough on everything else. Alfredsson is a Wing now? I mean he's not the defensive help we REALLY need but we lacked secondary scoring last year too, and that will certainly help after losing Cleary, Brunner, AND Filppula.
And Bobby Ryan is in Ottawa? Dear Lord, it's gonna take me all season to figure out who's where now lol.