It’s A Little Funny.

August 12, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Posted in Contracts, Huh?, Ilya Kovalchuk, Players | Leave a comment

The NHL won the case and Kovalchuk’s contract was wiped out.  Which is awesome, because seriously, that contract was ridiculous.

Now, however, the NHL is going to town investigating all those other ridiculous contracts that have been signed but haven’t kicked in yet (Luongo, Pronger, Savard).  And while I a) think the teams should be forced to keep them instead of getting the cap relief that would come with voiding them because it’s their own faults for signing such stupid deals in the first place and b) sincerely hope this doesn’t actually lead to another lockout, I have to admit something:  if you take a step back and look at this from afar, it’s hilarious.  One victory and the NHL is going crazy investigating suspect contracts and trying to void them all.  It’s funny.  Go to town, boys!

(And I do realize this might just be a scare tactic.  Doesn’t make it any less funny.)

CALLED IT. (Welcome To My Other Favorite Team, Mo!)

August 2, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Posted in Brooks Laich, Buffalo Sabres, Contracts, Players, Shaone Morrisonn, Tim Kennedy | Leave a comment

(I don’t have anything to say about Tim Kennedy getting bought out because the whole thing is just too weird and I don’t get it at all.)

Shortly before free agency began, I had a sneaking suspicion that the Sabres would go after Shaone Morrisonn. I knew that he was most likely done with Washington and I knew that the chances of the Sabres keeping Lydman and Tallinder were slim. I was never a huge Mo fan but I never disliked him. He wasn’t phenomenal but he wasn’t complete crap; he was just there. Which made me think he would be perfect for Buffalo.

In retrospect I should have written this idea of mine down, because today darling Mo (Mo I after Mo II came to town) signed a two year deal with the Sabres.  Reading Twitter immediately following this deal was somewhat amusing because half of my feed was “Goodbye, Mo” and the other half was “How the eff do we spell his name?”  Mo was one of those players who I really didn’t mind.  I didn’t fawn over him or drool over his play, but I tolerated him.  I don’t think he’ll be a standout but I think if the Sabres needed to add another body to the blueline, they could have done worse.  He’s not super flashy although that might have just been because he was stuck with Mike Green.  I feel like if Fat Mike is your defensive partner, you really can’t risk trying to move the puck into the offensive zone yourself.  I really haven’t given any thought to any potential Sabres lines or defensive pairings this year (other than to think about the Sabres defense and shudder) so it will be interesting to see where Lindy ends up putting him.  This is all going from memory, but he could handle a fair amount of minutes.  One time I particularly warmed to him was against the Rangers in the playoffs last year.  I can’t for the life of me remember why, I just remember that he really endeared himself for me.

As for off the ice, two things come to mind as really important.  He and Brooks Laich were roommates on the road and whenever the subject of road trips or roommates or hotels came up, the two  would wax poetic about their system.  I’m sure I’ve written about it on here too.  They had this ridiculous system set up that they followed completely on road trips.  It always kind of reinforced for me that Brooksie is completely OCD.

The other thing is that Mo must have been pretty desperate if he agreed to play in Buffalo, because let me tell you something:  Buffalo is not his favorite place.  While my memory was slightly foggy in regards to this video and it’s actually Schultzie who names a Buffalo restaurant and not Mo, I’m 99.9% positive Mo also lists Buffalo since all the guys say Buffalo.

Regardless, I’m just glad that for once I was right.  Welcome to Buffalo, Mo!  I’m afraid the arena here isn’t always quite as loud as the Verizon Center, but hey, at least I’ll be there a few times!

Cutting It Close.

July 26, 2010 at 11:47 am | Posted in Contracts, Ilya Kovalchuk, Randomness | Leave a comment

The NHLPA has until today to file a grievance about the voiding of the Kovalchuk contract or take it to arbitration or whatever the exact terminology is for it.  And while this whole situation is fascinating to me, there is literally nothing else going on right now.  So even if I wasn’t fascinated by it, I’d still have to pay attention because there’s nothing else to distract me.

Ilya Kovalchuk, you successfully killed the summer.  Thanks a million.

You’re Doing It Wrong.

July 20, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Posted in Contracts, Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey Devils, Players, Thought-provoking Stuff | 2 Comments

Yesterday Ilya Kovalchuk finally agreed to a new deal with New Jersey, one that is supposedly going to be 17 years long. And I can’t quite put my finger on it, but something about that just doesn’t sit well with me.

I want to say it’s the part where he’ll make $11.5 million, but if a team wants to overpay a guy, that’s their prerogative. (But still. $11.5 million? For a guy that has won exactly ONE playoff game and hasn’t figured out what the equivalent of “defense” is in Russia?) People are whipping themselves into frenzies over the cap circumvention and the fact that it utilizes that loophole to keep the cap hit manageable isn’t what bothers me. I think the part of the deal that bothers me is the way in which it uses the term of the deal to keep the cap hit low.

I actually usually like long-term deals. Nicky Backstrom signed a ten year extension in Washington? Heck yes, keep that guy around. Ryan Miller got himself a five year deal? He’s a goalie, he actually wants to be in Buffalo, I support it 100%. And when Tyler Myers signs his twenty year extension* next summer I’ll wear my Myers shirt around town with pride. But these are all deals that (God willing) will be played out. In ten years Backstrom will be 32, Miller will be in his mid-thirties, and I’d like to think Tyler has twenty years* in him (all with Buffalo, of course). Kovalchuk is already 27. Even if he plays until he’s 40, that’s only thirteen years. What I don’t like about this deal is that by making it long enough to keep the cap hit reasonable, it got up to 17 years. For a guy who’s 27. Even if he was a 21 year old signing his first contract after the rookie one it would be different.

It’s not even the fact that the deal is front-loaded. If you want to give the guy the cash up front, fine. But giving him the money up front in a way that makes it easy for you to buy out his last few years, years he’s most likely not going to play, seems to be taking cap evasion a little too far.

I don’t know what the solution to this problem is when they start renegotiating the CBA and I don’t pretend to know. I don’t mind long term deals for players who are bigger names (because regardless of whether or not he can win, I personally consider Kovy to be a big name). For the fans, it gives them security that players they like and players they want to root for and keep in town will stay there. For the team, it gives them a way to pay the player money he wants while not completely screwing over their team for years to come. I just feel like something should be done to prevent deals that no one expects to end with the player still playing. There’s a reason Kovalchuk’s money goes down in the end and I feel like that reason just might rhyme with “shmyout.”

I don’t know. Maybe I’m being completely unreasonable and probably maybe this post doesn’t even make any sense. I just don’t like that guy signed a contract he’ll never play the duration of.

Whether or not the Devils actually win now is an entirely different story and I’m not going to even get into that. (Hint: I don’t see it happening.)

And props to the Kings for not caving in and throwing at him what he wants. You guys showed him not going above 15 years. I think you made the smart choice.

*I’m exaggerating here. A little.

So.

July 14, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Posted in Chicago Blackhawks, Contracts, Ilya Kovalchuk, Players | 2 Comments

I really don’t have much of anything to say because there’s really not much of anything going on.  Kovalchuk still hasn’t signed anywhere and I honestly have no idea if this means he’s more or less likely to end up in LA or the KHL or who knows where.  Personally, I want him to end up back in Atlanta for less than the original contract they offered him.  But that’s just me.

Chicago continues to have HILARIOUS cap issues.  Like, I’m happy for their fans that they won and all, but I certainly wouldn’t want a team I cheer for to go through this.  However,  if they want to send Patrick Sharp to Buffalo or even Washington (SECOND LINE CENTER) I’m sure the fans would be happy to adopt him and love as one of their own.

Is it just me, or is this offseason more dead than usual?

Odds And Ends.

July 9, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Posted in Contracts, Happy!!, Patrick Lalime, Players, Randomness | 2 Comments

I already had a semi-rant about LeBron last night and I don’t want to say anything else.  But my heart broke for Cleveland fans last night.  Those poor people.  Can you imagine if Ryan Miller had never signed his contract extension and instead went on TSN or Versus to tell the world that he wasn’t signing with Buffalo and instead was bolting for somewhere else?  I would probably be borderline suicidal.  And that’s all I have to say about that.

Twilight vs. Harry Potter update:  Eclipse sucked balls but I stood up and cheered after the Deathly Hallows tailer (OH MY GOD THE VERY FIRST THING THEY SHOWED WAS HARRY GOING TO DIE AAAHHHH CAN’T HANDLE IT SO EXCITED!!).  And now I’m reminded of why I don’t talk about Harry Potter on this blog, because besides the fact that this is a hockey blog, when I get started I can’t stop.  And I already had a deep discussion earlier today about Snape’s memories and wanting to look in Harry’s eyes before he died.

Oh.  Um,  spoiler alert for the stuff above if you haven’t read the last book yet.

A few signing updates:  The Sabres are keeping Patty Lala around for another year and the Caps re-signed Jeff Schultz and Eric Fehr.  Woo!!  Yay!!  It’s not like Lindy’s ever going to play Lalime anyway and Ryan likes him so that signing makes sense, although I really did think for a second that Theo had a shot here.  Because I am delusional.

Jeff Schultz and I have had our differences in the past but after this year I’ve been working on it.  I still maintain that the Caps need someone big and scary, but we shall see.  The Fehric signing, on the other hand, is fantastic.  I adore Fehric.  I can’t explain it.  I just love him and what he does for the team and I can’t imagine them without him.  Yay for Fehric!

Summer Nonsense.

July 7, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Posted in Contracts, Players, Randomness | 1 Comment

I don’t recommend taking long uphill bike rides at eight in the morning if it’s already 80 degrees.  Not fun.  I do, however, recommend lying around on the deck reading.  It’s a good time.

I’m going to see “Eclipse” tonight with my friends but I was given permission to wear a Harry Potter scarf.  (Gryffindor colors)  I used to be a big fan of Twilight.  I read the books back before they were very popular and even if I didn’t think they were as well written as Harry Potter, I found them highly entertaining.  I was Team Edward for about five minutes before I became firmly Team Jacob.  Then girls began reading them and becoming obsessed with them, and then they started making truly horrific movies, and now I’m somewhat fed up with all this vampire craziness.  While I love me some Taylor Lautner, I assure you I was Team Jacob before he was cast in the role.  I plan on making a big scene either before or after the movie during which I proclaim my undying love for Harry Potter.  I don’t usually talk about it here on this blog, but I’m one of those people who are just completely obsessed with/in love with the Harry Potter books.  JK Rowling is, amongst other things, a bloody genius.  I also feel as though Twilight has been copying HP.  This makes me angry.  Harry Potter is better and I will fight you to the death over it and I will win.  This is even coming from a hopeless romantic.  Edward needs to just back off a little bit and I can’t stand Kristen Stewart.  The Harry Potter books are just so good and even though I’m not crazy about the movies, they’re better made and better acted than Twilight.  So there.

End rant.

The Sabres, to the surprise of everyone, signed someone today!!  And not just anyone.  They agreed to a one year deal with Niedermayer!!

Yeah, Rob Niedermayer.  I know.  Bad joke.  I couldn’t help it.

The Sabres definitely needed a center and definitely needed a tough veteran.  I wouldn’t have minded one with a few more points, but hey, this is the Sabres.  Baby steps.  And who knows.  Maybe I’ll grow to love him as I have grown to love Mike Knuble.

I’m Home!/Happy Birthday, America!

July 4, 2010 at 11:37 am | Posted in Buffalo Sabres, Contracts, Players, Randomness, Washington Capitals | Leave a comment

So yesterday I returned home from my Canadian adventure, ready to start my usual summertime activities (sleeping, reading, walking the dog, lying around, doing nothing).  It was actually a really nice time.  Canada, you’re quite beautiful.  Totally weird and wacko, but beautiful nonetheless.  I consider Washington, D.C. to be one of my favorite cities on the planet (and did so before I gave a crap about their hockey team, thank you very much) so it was cool seeing Ottawa since it’s another capital city.  Even though it creeped me out that all the natives walking by me probably liked the Senators.  Montreal was gorgeous, all the Halak graffiti around the Bell Centre cracked me up, and I did a lot of uphill walking.  Quebec City reminded me of when I was in Europe which means A+ for Quebec City!!  Hearing all the French outside of a classroom setting was cool and the Chateau was breathtaking.

I legit died laughing when I saw the “Slapshot”-related shirts and I ended up buying a Nordiques shirt.  Hopefully one day it will be relevant again.

There are quite a few pictures involving me and food from last week.  Fear not, I ate well.

While I was away, NHL Free Agency began.  Kovalchuk hasn’t signed anywhere yet (I bet he does it today just to screw with America), Volchenkov doesn’t play for the Caps, Alex Semin still does, and the Sabres signed Jordan Leopold.  Um, woo?  Whatever.  I knew the chances of Hank and Toni sticking around were slim but now the Sabres still really do need to add a little something to the blue line.  Tyler Myers aside, it’s looking a little frightening.

The Caps, on the other hand, have done pretty much nothing.  If they’ve got something up their sleeve, well, that’s exciting.  But if they honestly think this lineup is going to cut it, I’m concerned.  HELLO.  It is NOT WORKING.  You need to add a few more pieces before you go out and win that Cup.

That’s all I’m going to say for now.  Time to go celebrate the birth of our wonderful country.  To all you Americans out there, enjoy your day!!

Quick Quebec Update.

July 1, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Posted in Contracts, Henrik Tallinder, Huh?, Toni Lydman | Leave a comment

If you told me at twelve when we turned on NHL Home Ice in the far as we drove from Montreal to Quebec City that when I finally got the Internet connection to work I would discover that on today, July 1, Free Agency Day, Darcy would have already signed someone but GMGM wouldn’t, I would have thought you were crazy. Is this some sort of alternate universe?

And while I realize that many people will miss Hank and Toni (one of my close friends was very emotionally invested in Lydman staying) I find their new deals with their new teams highly amusing.

Hey, Another Signing!

May 18, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Posted in Contracts, Craig Rivet, Mike Grier | Leave a comment

After I had finally started settling down after the Lars Nicklas signing, it was announce that the Sabres had signed Mike Grier for another year. Yay!! I’ve always felt as though Mikey was an important part of the leadership of the team, and we had a pretty interesting discussion about why he should get the C in school today. (God bless high school productivity levels in May.) Part of it is desperation to get the captaincy away from Craig Rivet, but I like Mike Grier. I’d be happy to make him captain.

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