Monday, July 12, 2010
There's been one guy floating around (and no, I'm not talking Ovechkin in the defensive zone) who has the most to lose, but potentially gain, while we all wait on Ilya Kovalchuk. That is; of course; Alexander Frolov. He's coming off a 5 year deal, worth $14.5 million, coming to a very affordable cap hit of $2.9 million. Obviously; his tenure with the Kings could very well be coming to a close, depending on when and where Kovalchuk signs.
Now for a guy who topped out at 35 goals, and 71 points (when he was their only option two years ago) and had 19 G, 51 points this year (on an actual good, competitive team), $2.9 million is a steal.
Yeah, he's gonna get a raise. But what's he waiting for? Well, I wish we'd knew, but with the MSM just lathering up Kovalchuk's shaft for the past 3 weeks, we don't. But here's what we can assume.
In lieu of the fact that he hasn't signed anywhere yet; when I'm sure there's suitors in the likes of the Pens, Isles, and elsewhere, he must desire to stay in SoCal with the Kings. Maybe it's a family issue?
So is Frolov going to continue to wait for the Kings; and for Kovalchuk; when he's obviously already been labeled as the 2nd Option White Russian (sounds like either a beverage, or a sexual position, I'm not sure, but I think I will invent both later), and somehow not feel jilted by Lombardi and Co.?
Obviously the Kings have cap space now (but won't later when the need to sign Quick, Doughty, and others), so can they sign both White Russians? I tend to think Quick and Doughty are just an eency weency bit more important to that team's success than Frolov. No offense, rolly Frolly.
Now if Kovalchuk does sign with the Kings today, as was widely speculated upon yesterday, and multiple days before, what options does that leave him? Does he take a one year deal, a la Hossa, with say the Pens, to play sniper to Crosby's playmaker? Or does his agent go calling to one of those franchises who need to reach the cap floor, like the Isles or Les Thrash looking for an absurd overpayment?
Or like we've seen with so many (and by many I mean a few) of his countrymen, will he fly the coup, and just head over to the KHL? This is probably as likely as anything.
I don't know, nor will I pretend to, hence why I laid out every single potential option, which kind of makes me a dick. What I do know is that Kovalchuk continues to piss off everybody while he clamors for his $100+ million, including me.