Sums up my feelings about this. Good move.
Sova, we hardly knew ye.
But Ponikarovsky? Ew. Remember when he was an Ilya Kovalchuk consolation prize? Now we have both.
He's a good player when not relied on heavily. And he's a proud Canadian.
Reality of the Devils ' finances: Chambers wants out. no deal yet. Approx. $80 million debt they are trying refinance and haven't yet.
The longer it takes for those two problems to be solved, the bigger those problems will become.
@TGfireandice kind of like a lot of people with mortgages
Topped off with a conscious clearer for a sound sleep.
But the NHL is not taking the team over next month. There was no ultimatum from NHL/Bettman. Devils are working with NHL on this.
Among areas Devils are exploring: Leveraging lucrative broadcast fees from MSG, working w/Prudential on arena naming rights, PSE&G.
There is no danger of team going into bankruptcy until after completion of S.Cup Finals. Lenders know this. It's part of agreement.
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Ponikarovsky, high end, will be a good to exceptional third line winger. Low end, he'll be a good to exceptional fourth line winger. Given the current status of that fourth line, I can't complain about this acquisition. Especially since the cost was pretty minimal.
Nonetheless, this is us shoring up a position of weakness, but not the position of weakness. But I suppose it's better to acquire him now than in a few weeks, at the deadline Poni probably fetches a third instead of a fourth.
Yeah, didn't seem like we lost a lot of guys with Peter Venkman on the bench. Stinzio sucks, or Stininzio or whatever the hell his spelling is.
I think if we can acquire another D, (doesn't sound like it), and a F, we'll be OK.
It will work and be good, I think.
Also - I know this is probably anathema right now, and rightly so, but sometime before the playoffs I want to try splitting up Kovy and Zach again. Not because I think it's the right thing necessarily, but because I'd like to have the option in the tactical toolbox when the time comes.
Vish is highly desirable.