Friday, February 5, 2010
Not Breaking Down the Kovalchuk Trade
In exchange for Ilya Kovalchuk, defenseman Anssi Salmela and a swap of 2010 second rounders, the Thrashers acquired defenseman John Oduya, forwards Niclas Bergfors, the more infamous than famous, Patrice Cormier and the Devils 2010 first rounder. Got it? Good.
Of course that kind of information will never be shared, but how fantastic would it be for hockey fans to be able to comb through the other offers that were found to be less appealing? Did L.A. offer J.J. and Frolov? Did Philly insist that Atlanta take on Briere's albatross contract, or the same from the Rangers with Redden's inflated deal? Just what exactly did the Blues and Wild propose?
While the Thrashers fans secretly hope for Kaptain Kovy to come back after July 1, the Devils fans are rejoicing tonight. No doubt there are diehards, in Newark and beyond, scratching out new forward line combinations and giggling to themselves about their new hired gun... and even some that have started congratulating themselves on a possible Gold Medal and Stanley Cup 1-2 combo for Marty before he receives his rocking chair at center ice in the Prudential.
Those same Devils fans are mulling over the same questions that we all are: Will Kovy accept playing the defensive game that their system demands? Or will Coach Lemaire loosen things up a bit now that they have a bona fide sniper? Will it matter?