If I were a Devils fan I'd sure as hell want him back in NJ too after giving up that huge package to get him there in the first place. But if he's flat out done negotiating with the Kings it looks like all he wants is money. The Kings are certainly in a much better position to battle for the Cup than the Isles currently, and declining them makes it look like he's not as interested in going to a contender as he was rumored to be.
"MUCH better position"? The Kings are what- maybe like a year or two ahead of the Islanders in doing the same thing- rebuilding! Why is going to the Kings lumped in with going to a contender? Thats what I dont get. They are NOT already contenders and have NOT earned the title people keep putting on them. Might they be contenders soon? Sure, why not? They are a young and talented team who is getting better and better. But they arent contenders yet as of right now. Come on, be fair here- the Islanders have made the playoffs more often than they have in recent years! Lets take a look at this century:
If anything, the Islanders have been even or better than the Kings, except for last season. That does not make one a contender.
And like I said, the Kings are a young and talented team who is getting better and better. But what some of you might not realize is, so are the Islanders. They are going to be a lot better a lot sooner than most people think.
You want to say the Kings are in a somewhat
better position than the Isles, just insofar as they ahve been going with youth and rebuilding a bit longer? OK, that sounds fine... but lets not make the 2y difference in their rebuilding process into some gigantic chasm, because it isnt.
Fact is, the only actual
contender that is known to be in this Kovalchuk thing is the Devils. The Flyers would be as well, except I cannot for the life of me fathom how they would possibly afford him.
BTW- as far as the Kings being out of it goes, Im sure that means "You have our offer... balls in your court" it does not mean they are taking their offer back or that they suddenly do not want him. IMO they are still as much "in" this as ever.
This point has been edited by Chris TMC: 05 July 2010 - 01:44 AM