No worries, John. I will not swear because I feel there is no need.
I never liked Kovalchuk, and frankly, I am glad he is gone. I understood why we first made the trade, to strengthen our chances for a great playoff run. However, the day he signed the contract, was the closest I have ever been to abandoning my team. Through the years I have always prided myself for loving a team that cultivated its own talents, through drafting and trusting in players that were overlooked by the rest of the league. And unlike our Babylonian rivals, we never rushed or wavered from the plan.
I don't think we ever needed Kovalchuk in the first place. The most unfortunate thing about this, at least to me, is that his contract could be linked to the loss of Parise and Clarkson, but that could have been inevitable. That, and the loss of next year's pick, which I am not upset about because I am not so sure we aren't making the playoffs.
But, regardless, here we are and it is time we look forward. We still have a strong group of guys in Henrique, Lokti, Elias, Zajac, and even Clowe and Ryder who could be great help, potentially. While I wanted Boucher to be given time to grow, there is a gaping roster spot and maybe he is ready to fill it? Who knows?
While it is a nasty hole we seem to be in offensively—considering Kovy, Parise, and Clarkson have a goal total of 90 per season—there is no doubt we will find a way to still thrive. Kovy never had the best attitude, he was always questionable and never seemed happy regardless of all the money he was handed. I don't know about you, but I could not care less if he put up a thousand goals per season, that sort of attitude is not what I want on our team. We are not a big fish in a small pond organization.
The Devils are a team in the purest sense. They are a culture, and a smart one at that, not to mention extremely successful.
I say, good riddance Kovalchuk. We'll be better off in due time.