Well, today there’s the Ilya Kovalchuk decision, we think. Or everybody thinks. It will be very, very interesting going forward if the arbitrator rules that the NHL was just to nullify the Devils’ clever, but apparently legal, contract.
If so, then what happens? Does L.A. suddenly get involved again? The KHL? Does Lou Lamoriello have a Plan B (I’d be willing to bet my house that he does, because that’s what makes him the best GM in sports).
Also, getting a kick out of the way all the dot.coms picked up Larry Brooks’ story yesterday and ran with it, like it’s news that the Rangers might Wolf Pack Wade Redden (new verb there, did you catch it?).
I thought his column yesterday was very good, and well thought out, and brought up a really interesting “what if?” The gist, for those who didn’t read it, was “what do the Rangers do if Redden took the warnings seriously, worked out all summer, and turns out to be their best defenseman in training camp? Do they still Wolf Pack him?”
My feeling is that, yes, they still do, because shedding that salary is a necessity now, and it will be a necessity in the near future; and because I am pretty certain that when John Tortorella, on break-up day, went on and on about the need to change the room he was clearly talking about expunging Redden and Olli Jokinen. Redden would have to be Bobby Orr or Brian Leetch at camp in order to justify his salary and to change Tortorella’s thick mind.
And to add to Brooks’ thoughts, I think Todd White is not penciled in to be the No. 1 or No. 2 center, and that there’s just as much chance that he will be Wolf Packed as well. Though I believe White will get a shot to stay. He’s a low-risk guy.
There. We did it. We talked hockey on Aug. 9. Now get back to your gibberish.