Tomorrow night is the haunted night many in LA have been awaiting, when Ilya Kovalchuk takes the ice at Staples in a crown-less uniform.
Many of us were upset after the very long engagement that never came to be during the offseason. Kovalchuk was signing with the Kings, no he wasn’t, yes he was, no he didn’t. For many it is still a sore spot. Hindsight may be 20/20, but for others its 50/50 and still for some, hindsight in this scenario is literally hindsight, as in “trying to look around the big ass starting back at you.”
No, I don’t know what that means, but I said it anyway.
Here are some things Ilya Kovalchuk said regarding his first game against the Kings since signing his historic $100 million deal with the Devil. Sorry, Devils. Read the full article from nj.com here.
Kovalchuk downplayed his recruiting visit to L.A. during negotiations and wouldn’t reveal whether the Kings came close to signing him. At various points it was reported that the team also offered $63 million over 12 years and $84.5 million over 13 years.
“They were just one of the teams that wanted to get a deal done. There were negotiations, but I don’t want to talk about them,” Kovalchuk told The Star-Ledger.
Kings general manager Dean Lombardi did not respond to repeated requests for an interview.
Back in July, Kings chief executive Tim Leiweke wrote in an email to the Los Angeles Times that Kovalchuk “had two very good choices. New Jersey offered more money. Simple as that. We threw everything we had at him while leaving cap space necessary to sign our kids. He is a great player and I am disappointed he didn’t come to L.A. It wasn’t for lack of effort or cash.”
So what will Saturday night’s game at Staples Center be like?
“That’s going to be just another regular game,” Kovalchuk insisted. “My agent got some calls from other teams, as well, not just L.A. so it didn’t mean anything. I respect what they did. I had a good time, it was interesting and different. But it was nothing.
“This is not going to be anything special for me. I’ve played in L.A. before. Nothing has changed. It’s a very important game for us. They have a good young team and we need the win.”
Kind of funny that he makes it out to be that the negotiations with the Kings were the same as apparent negotiations with other teams that no one has ever heard about. That is just my snarky side talking. Obviously Kovalchuk is going to downplay the negotiations, as he should. Some of Kovalchuk’s comments could be construed as hostile, but only if you are entering your reading with piss and vinegar colored glasses pressed firmly against the bridge of your nose.
Later in the article, Patrick Elias had this to say:
“So they’re going to boo him. So what?” Elias said. “Our fans cheer him. When you don’t sign with a team, you’re always going to make someone upset.”
Which brings us to today’s Kings poll. Are you going to boo Kovalchuk tomorrow?
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