As I predicted on my twitter, a random ass team would acquire Kovalchuk for close to nothing. It did.
The Devils traded Johnny Oduya, Nicklas Bergfors, Patrice Cormier and a 1st round pick for Kovalchuk and Salmela.. I’m not going to analyze what they got, but I’ll translate that into B’s players.
Mark Stuart/Dennis Wideman, Blake Wheeler, Brad Marchand, 1st. And that might be a better package. Would you do it? I probably would. But hey, that’s just me. Luckily, it doesn’t seem like the Devils are interested in re-signing him, having to soon re-up Parise. But that could change if say Rolston and Zubrus were moved. Kovalchuk may not like the defensive minded Devils though.
At the end of the day, it sucks. I hope the picks pan out, I hope we can sign him this offseason. It was just a chance to do something to improve the team drastically and as usual, nothing happened.
PS. Patrice Cormier is the prospect who almost killed that kid with an elbow to the head.