I swear, I am not making this up. Tim Leiweke has said that the Kings cannot afford Kovalchuk’s counter offer. Notice however that he never says we are out of it. The article implies that but those words never came out of Tim’s mouth. Don’t believe me? Read this and then return to this article. I’ll wait…
Done? Good. Here is the part I don’t understand. So, he made a counter offer to the Kings’ various offers. That doesn’t mean you’re done boys. It means that it is time for our counter to his counter. That’s how negotiations work. An offer is made. A counter offer is made. A counter is made to that counter and so forth. It’s a big part of what I do for a living (my day job). Sure, walk away from the table, posture, say the negotiations are done, call non-final offers “final” offers, I get it…but unless Kovalchuk’s numbers were last, best and final, then relax. Negotiations aren’t dead until he signs somewhere else. Remember, a couple of days ago, we were not a “choice.”
Then again, maybe it is over and we can move forward. Who the hell knows.
I do know this. Some of my fellow Kings’ fan are taking these Kovalchuk negotiations way too personally and seriously. It’s not worth a coronary boys. If it was meant to be, so shall it be.