Joined: Dec 2016
Not a good deal at all, it's a 35+ contract which means LA is stuck with the cap-hit no matter what happens... There is nothing stopping Kovalchuk from playing one season, scoring 50 points not having it work out and then heading back to the KHL... If that happens the Kings are stuck with that cap-hit, so it's a risky contract..
I mean they should have structured the contract like this:
Year 1: $4,000,000
Year 2: $6,000,000
Year 3: $8,825,000
3 year AAV: $6,275,000
That way it gives Kovalchuk incentive to play his contract out and not just split or "retire" if things don't work... And yes I'm questioning his character.
The most I would offer Kovalchuk if I was a GM is a 1-year deal, and I'm sure many GM's that were interested were only offering 1 or 2-year deals - taking it year by year would be the responsible thing to do with a 35+ contract with a Russian that's split once before...
I mean if he plays out his contract and puts up 60-70 points a season this could turn out to be a good deal but as of now it's a really risky move by LA...