Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Interesting Analysis of Kovy's Contract Necessity.

John Manasso from the Atlanta Business Chronicle takes a long look at the business of re-signing Kovalchuk. Very worthwhile. Especially this part:

And the Thrashers started beating good teams that were competing for playoff spots and finished an impressive 17-10-1 for 35 points over their last 28 games. (Over a full season that projects to 102.5 points, which would give Atlanta one of the best records in the NHL.)

The big question is whether that success was illusory or not. A core of good young players – forwards Bryan Little, Colby Armstrong, defensemen Zach Bogosian, Toby Enstrom and goalie Kari Lehtonen – showed itself, giving fans some hope. But much of that success seemed to begin and end with the team’s star, Ilya Kovalchuk.

Point blank: we need him. Get this done, Don.


dj4aces said...

I like this quote better:

"It's really spending money, and it can be tough to get the right players for the right money," Kovalchuk said. "If they ask me to help recruit, I'll do it, for sure. I'll do anything to get better and help our team get better."I hope the front office is listening.

Waddell might watch those guys on the ice from the press box, and Anderson from behind the bench, but Kovalchuk has played with 'em. I think he's got first hand experience on what free agents we need, and who we need to target. And if he can make a phone call and woo them to the team, all the better.

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