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Kovalchuk Stat

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , on November 3, 2010 by davepoleck

We all know Ilya Kovalchuk is struggling right now. The New Jersey Devils are struggling even more. But how about these following discoveries I made this morning. Below are the records of ALL of the teams Kovalchuk has played for in his career over the first 13 games, as well as how many points he had over that span.

Season Record Points   Goals Assists
2001-02 3-7-1-2 9   7 1
2002-03 2-9-1-1 6   8 3
2003-04 6-3-3-1 16   12 8
2005-06 4-8-1 9   9 10
2006-07 8-2-3 19   9 8
2007-08 4-9-0 8   10 6
2008-09 4-7-2 10   5 5
2009-10 6-6-1 13   12 8
2010-11 3-9-1 7   3 3

The Devils’ start this year is the second worst that team start the Kovalchuk has been apart of. That is pretty shocking considering he played for an Atlanta team that only made the playoffs once in his tenure there. Even more shocking is that his six points so far are the lowest he has had in his entire career. It’s shocking because Kovalchuk has always been a fast starter; scoring 20 points in his first 13 games twice, and 19 points once.

Devils Suck

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , on October 28, 2010 by davepoleck

The 2-7-1 have unfortunatly put themselves in a situation where they need wins as soon as possible. While no team can really be out of contention in the East this early, things could get a lot worse for Mr. $100 million and his Devils. After getting smoked by the Sharks last night (their top line combined for 13 points), New Jersey plays in Anaheim, LA, Vancouver and Chicago.

That may be the toughest road trip of any team, in the entire NHL season. The Ducks may seem like the weak link here, but they are a different team in Anaheim. In their three home games they have scored 11 goals. In their seven road games this year, they have only 17 goals.

One has to wonder if we will be seeing another surprising coaching change in New Jersey this year.

Kovalchuk for….

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2010 by davepoleck

I still don’t get where this picture came from.

The NHL announced tonight that they will be fining the New Jersey Devils $3 million and forcing them to forfeit their 3rd round draft pick in 2011 and a first round pick in one of the next four drafts as punishment for circumventing the league’s salary cap on the original deal to Ilya Kovalchuk.

According to TSN, the Devils get to pick which year they want to give up their pick, and have to notify the League the day following the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Finals of that particular year.

There had been bad deals before this one; Hossa, Pronger and Savard come into mind; but Kovalchuk’s original 17 year deal was an absolute joke. The chances of Kovalchuk playing well into his 40’s are about as good as Toronto winning the Cup. While I obviously disagree with what they did, I think the penalty is pretty damn harsh considering these other teams have been charged with nothing to date.

Take this into consideration; with this fine, in order trade for and to keep Kovalchuk this season, the Devils have now given up:

  •  Niclas Bergfors
  • Johnny Oduya
  • prospect Patrice Cormier
  • 1st & 2nd round pick in 2010
  • $3 million fine
  • another 1st round pick
  • 3rd round pick in 2011
  • AND they are now likely going to have to dump a contract in order to fit under the cap.

All for a guy who has only won one playoff game.

(Almost) Great Rush by Kovalchuk

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , on April 15, 2010 by davepoleck

Could have had the goal of the playoffs on night 1….

Trade Mania has begun Early

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on February 3, 2010 by davepoleck

So the weekend saw two semi big trades involving JS Giguere and Dion Phaneuf; Monday night saw another semi big trade because it involved Olli Jokinen; and now today there are multiple rumours of more bodies being on the move. Michael Ryder is on the block in Boston, Brendan Witt has been waived on the Island, and Ethan Moreau’s name has popped up as another potential exile from Edmonton.

The big story out today is that Don Waddell met with Ilya Kovalchuk to tell him to expect a trade within the coming days. Sources say that five teams are in the mix: Chicago, Boston, LA, New York and an unknown team. My guess is Colorado. With that said, here are the deals that I think would have to be put together for Ilya to go to any of these teams: Continue reading

Calling Peter Chiarelli!!

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , on January 26, 2010 by davepoleck

Things are looking dark for the Boston Bruins right now; they are free falling through the East standings and have only won two in their last 10. A year ago, they were a offensively balanced powerhouse with three scoring lines and two of the top defensemen in the League, not to mention the Vezina winner in net. They were also 2nd in goals for and 1st in goals against in the entire NHL. This year has been a different story; they are dead LAST in goals for. They have been dealing with some injuries to top players, but the continued success from guys like Michael Ryder, Milan Lucic and David Krejci has not come. I would still be surprised if they miss the playoffs, but something definitely needs to be done.

This is where my title comes in. If Peter Chiarelli, GM of the Bruins, does not make a strong pitch for Ilya Kovalchuk at the trade deadline, I will be absolutely shocked!! They would have to be absolute certain that they are able to sign him in the offseason, but nonetheless, they have the assets to do it thanks to none other than the Toronto Maple Leafs. No other team that is fighting for the playoffs has the ability to offer up what will likely be a top 3 pick in the upcoming draft. Combine this with the fact that they can also offer their own first round pick (15-25 overall), or Leafs’ 2nd round pick THIS year, or their 1st rounder next year. The Bruins would definitely have to move some bodies if they wanted to fit Kovalchuk, so moving more than two first rounder picks is unlikely. I could see the Bruins putting up something like Blake Wheeler or David Krejci, Vladimir Sobotka, Brad Marchand and two 1st round picks (one being the Leafs’ pick this year) for Kovalchuk.

If you look at the Hossa deal to Pittsburgh a few years ago, it took Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen, Angelo Esposito and a 1st round pick to pry him away from Don Waddell. So, two NHL ready players, a prospect and a 1st round pick. Marian Hossa is great, but he is no Ilya Kovalchuk. Don Waddell knows this so his asking price has to be higher than what he received in 2008. Atlanta has a chance to make some noise in the playoffs with Kovalchuk. Without him, they would need to add players who can step in a play immediately.

Again, I would not do any deal for Kovalchuk unless there was an agreement that he could be re-signed long term. Rental players barely ever work in the run to the Stanley Cup, especially one that has only played four playoff games. I will be looking at some other options for Kovalchuk over the next few weeks. Although I think Boston would be a good bet because of the top pick that they have, I just have this feeling LA is going to get him.

3 Down?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on December 3, 2009 by davepoleck

Rumours are swirling that Ilya Kovalchuk is very close to signing a monster extension in the area of 9 years with his Atlanta Thrashers. If this is true, it is going to make for a pretty boring free agency day. Potential UFAs Rick Nash and Marc Savard have already been re-signed to long term deals with their respective clubs. If the Kovalchuk rumours are true, the most sought after free agent forward will likely be Patrick Marleau. I can’t see the Sharks re-signing him before the season is over because of his lack of success in the playoffs.

There are some interesting RFAs, although the three Hawks, Kane, Toews and Keith, are rumoured to be signed any day now. Other than that; Washington is going to have to figure out how to keep Backstrom and Semin. Looks to be a pretty boring ‘most exciting day in hockey’.

Little’s Big Chance

Posted in Atlanta Thrashers with tags , , , , on November 3, 2009 by davepoleck

Normally players suffer through what is known as the sophomore slump. In Bryan Little’s second season, he scored 31 goals. Although the Atlanta Thrashers have only played 10 games, Little had yet to score before tonight. But with Ilya Kovalchuk out of the lineup for another month, this is the opportunity for Little to get rolling.

The Thrashers also possess two pretty good set up centre ice men in Nik Antropov and Todd White. Before the injury, Antropov was lining up with Kovalchuk, so that left Little to play with Todd White as his centreman. Although this forms one of the best line names in the league, the Little White Russian (Kozlov) line, hopefully this injury will allow Little to get some playing time with the former Leaf and maybe even the top powerplay unit.

If Bryan Little can get going like he was at the beginning of last season, I think that Atlanta could actually contend with the Capitals for the Southeast Division title.