...17 years for Kovalchuk. This has some impact on the Hawks, as it means the Kings won't be adding this mutant to become a force that frightens my bowels into non-existence. Anyway, Kovy is heading back to Newark in a reported 17-year deal that could top 150 mildo. Some have suggested that this will start the dominoes falling amongst free agents, but I don't see how that works at all. No one is anywhere near Kovy's galaxy. But we shall see.
Look for a lot of Quick-for-Simon Gagne rumors to heat up. And I think that's all.
EDIT: Simon Gagne has been traded to Tampa Bay for former Hawk pilon Matt Walker and a fourth round pick, as the Kings are seemingly left with nothing but a handful of themselves. --McClure