Ilya Kovalchuk Has Surly’s and My Full Support

Surly and I have been very supportive of Ilya Kovalchuk, even after he decided to stay in New Jersey.

I have advocated for Kovalchuk to get the Captaincy.

We came up with reasonable justifications why Ilya was a healthy scratch back in 2010.

I even wrote an open letter to his agent, Jay Grossman, telling him Ilya will be making a huge mistake by not signing in L.A. I ended that letter with:

Wayne Gretzky said to Kings’ General Manager Dean Lombardi shortly after Dean accepted the position that when you win in Los Angeles, there is nothing that compares to it. Winning here is unlike winning anywhere else. The Los Angeles Kings are poised to ascend to the top of the NHL now. They are built to win. Ilya Kovalchuk is a generational talent but he cannot become a champion in this league by himself. He can and will be so in Los Angeles if he chooses us as we have chosen him. It is my hope that your client takes more than fiscal means to his intended end. Life rarely comes with second chances. Moments like these are defined by choices.

Call me Nostradamus, bitches.

And then I read this beauty early this morning:

Ilya Kovalchuk Tweets

He signed a 15 year, $100 million dollar contract…or was that the contract the NHL rejected? I think the one rejected was $102 million and 17 years. I can’t remember anymore. One of you guys look it up.

It was a contract the New Jersey could ill afford. They were already in serious financial trouble.

The New Jersey Devils lost a 1st round draft pick, a 3rd round pick and $3 million dollars as punishment for the cap circumventing contract.

Ilya didn’t do shit in the Stanley Cup Final against the Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings. He was garbage.

The Devils lost their true captain and franchise player, Zach Parise, which I predicted they would.

Isn’t it obvious what is going on?

Ilya feels terrible about all of this. It was never about the money, the schools or Greg Wyshynski’s head exploding from frustration. It was about doing the right thing. Ilya recognizes that he has not lived up to the contract and never will. He realizes that it is in everyone’s best interest for him to stay in Russia, never come back and, as a happy coincidence, earn the same amount of money as he would here, tax and escrow free. So there you go…a selfless act by a classy guy.

Royal Half Tweet

I find the notion offensive. Clearly the Royal Half Ass aka Royal Quarter is a hater.



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7 replies

  1. I find the Royal Half (Quarter?) quite comical. Perhaps it is my youth.

  2. I like the part about winning in LA is the best place to win.

    That was proven in June with celebrations everywhere, parade, Vegas bash, Hollywood parties, beach parties, glitz & glamour etc.

    The team had the best post win stuff ever!

  3. Ilya didn’t do shit in the Stanley Cup Final against the Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings. He was garbage.

    … Actually, he played through an injury and was likely the Devils’ best forward in the Cup Final. His injury was probably the main reason their offense struggled as much as it did; that and the Kings being on a tremendous roll at that particular time.

    But, I get it. Ilya = bad. I’m supposed to hate him because Lombardi couldn’t get that deal done. I’ll work on that.

    • What injury was that? Nothing written or reported that I saw or read. Just rumors and excuses. do you have any report?

      Meanwhile, the MVP of the playoffs was playing through a back injury since March that ultimately required surgery.

      • What injury was that? Nothing written or reported that I saw or read. Just rumors and excuses. do you have any report?

        … A back injury.

        Meanwhile, the MVP of the playoffs was playing through a back injury since March that ultimately required surgery.

        … Huh. I don’t remember Doughty or Kopitar having a back injury from March to June.

        • You sure do love your facts, except of course when you don’t like that they are facts.

          • … That “fact” was a result of a vote. But then, you know that already.

            What I find really funny about this whole thing:

            The Devils lock out Kovalchuk for four months = Totally OK, dude!
            Kovalchuk locks the Devils out for one day = UNACCEPTABLE! HANG THE RUSKIE BASTARD!

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