Just a quick hit here that I thought deserved some recognition. I’m a huge hockey fan and I believe the game has become more and more popular here in the U.S. That being said, I want to know what person honestly believes giving someone a 17-year deal is a good idea? Look, I understand that Ilya Kovalchuk is a fine hockey player (he registered 85 points last year and over 40 goals), but to ink someone to that long of a deal is absolutely ludicrous. Some will say that few can produce like Kovalchuk can, and you would be hard-pressed to call them wrong, yet isn’t there a line that has to be drawn when considering the length of a deal? (Think Rick DiPietro’s 15-year deal with the Islanders. Yeah, that one’s really worked out, New York). The New Jersey Devils have had a constant knack for winning over the years (although, it’s come somewhat harder for them post-lockout) and I believe they were smart to attempt to keep Kovalchuk for the right price. Over $100 million for 17 freakin’ years ain’t the right price, folks. Plus, Ilya, do you really want to live in Newark, New Jersey for the next 2 decades?
New Jersey Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk strike a really, really, really, ridiculously lengthy long-team deal