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Why Kovalchuk is the lockout's biggest loser

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08:21 AM ET 09.27 | Thanks to timing, former teammates Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk are having very different lockout experiences, though every player in the NHL will soon benefit from returned escrow payments. [Parise] and Ryan Suter each got a $10 million signing bonus from the 13-year, $98 million deals they signed with the Minnesota Wild. ... No player will lose more per paycheck during the lockout than [Kovalchuk], whose salary is $11 million. Each lost check is worth roughly $846,000 gross. He made $6 million last season, so his escrow refund would cover about $510,000 of that. The Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin and Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin, each scheduled to make $9 million this season, would give up about $692,000 per paycheck.

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September 27, 2012  08:52 AM ET

oh...poor Ilya

September 27, 2012  08:54 AM ET

Wouldn't the biggest loser be the fringe NHL player that only plays two or three seasons in the NHL and only gets an NHL salary for two or three seasons. They are the ones really losing out.

Or better yet, how about that NHL player that only ever plays one NHL season, and spends the rest of his time in the AHL or Europe. They are losing out on that $500,000+ one time pay check that they will need to support them the rest of their life, because every other season they are only making like $60,000 and have a short playing career.

Or how about the biggest loser that kid playing Europe who got cut from the team to make room for some big NHL star. That guy might be done from hockey and has to find a new career path because of this big name millionaire taking his spot and livelihood.

Or what about all the employees of these teams and arenas, or the owners of the small bars in and around the arenas? They are the ones losing their minimum wage jobs or losing money in their business. They are the ones that are going to have to go into debt because of the lockout.

Ilya is no the lockout's biggest loser. He will be fine.

September 27, 2012  08:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Wouldn't the biggest loser be the fringe NHL player that only plays two or three seasons in the NHL and only gets an NHL salary for two or three seasons. They are the ones really losing out.Or better yet, how about that NHL player that only ever plays one NHL season, and spends the rest of his time in the AHL or Europe. They are losing out on that $500,000+ one time pay check that they will need to support them the rest of their life, because every other season they are only making like $60,000 and have a short playing career.Or how about the biggest loser that kid playing Europe who got cut from the team to make room for some big NHL star. That guy might be done from hockey and has to find a new career path because of this big name millionaire taking his spot and livelihood. Or what about all the employees of these teams and arenas, or the owners of the small bars in and around the arenas? They are the ones losing their minimum wage jobs or losing money in their business. They are the ones that are going to have to go into debt because of the lockout.Ilya is no the lockout's biggest loser. He will be fine.

+100

September 27, 2012  08:58 AM ET

by the way, good morning Argos

September 27, 2012  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Wouldn't the biggest loser be the fringe NHL player that only plays two or three seasons in the NHL and only gets an NHL salary for two or three seasons. They are the ones really losing out.Or better yet, how about that NHL player that only ever plays one NHL season, and spends the rest of his time in the AHL or Europe. They are losing out on that $500,000+ one time pay check that they will need to support them the rest of their life, because every other season they are only making like $60,000 and have a short playing career.Or how about the biggest loser that kid playing Europe who got cut from the team to make room for some big NHL star. That guy might be done from hockey and has to find a new career path because of this big name millionaire taking his spot and livelihood. Or what about all the employees of these teams and arenas, or the owners of the small bars in and around the arenas? They are the ones losing their minimum wage jobs or losing money in their business. They are the ones that are going to have to go into debt because of the lockout.Ilya is no the lockout's biggest loser. He will be fine.

Yeah thats pretty much sums it up

September 27, 2012  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Wouldn't the biggest loser be the fringe NHL player that only plays two or three seasons in the NHL and only gets an NHL salary for two or three seasons. They are the ones really losing out.Or better yet, how about that NHL player that only ever plays one NHL season, and spends the rest of his time in the AHL or Europe. They are losing out on that $500,000+ one time pay check that they will need to support them the rest of their life, because every other season they are only making like $60,000 and have a short playing career.Or how about the biggest loser that kid playing Europe who got cut from the team to make room for some big NHL star. That guy might be done from hockey and has to find a new career path because of this big name millionaire taking his spot and livelihood. Or what about all the employees of these teams and arenas, or the owners of the small bars in and around the arenas? They are the ones losing their minimum wage jobs or losing money in their business. They are the ones that are going to have to go into debt because of the lockout.Ilya is no the lockout's biggest loser. He will be fine.

Should staple this to the Dwarf and Fehr's foreheads....and every owner, agent, and player as well.

September 27, 2012  09:20 AM ET

Can a telethon be far behind?

September 27, 2012  09:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Wouldn't the biggest loser be the fringe NHL player that only plays two or three seasons in the NHL and only gets an NHL salary for two or three seasons. They are the ones really losing out.Or better yet, how about that NHL player that only ever plays one NHL season, and spends the rest of his time in the AHL or Europe. They are losing out on that $500,000+ one time pay check that they will need to support them the rest of their life, because every other season they are only making like $60,000 and have a short playing career.Or how about the biggest loser that kid playing Europe who got cut from the team to make room for some big NHL star. That guy might be done from hockey and has to find a new career path because of this big name millionaire taking his spot and livelihood. Or what about all the employees of these teams and arenas, or the owners of the small bars in and around the arenas? They are the ones losing their minimum wage jobs or losing money in their business. They are the ones that are going to have to go into debt because of the lockout.Ilya is no the lockout's biggest loser. He will be fine.

As you know Argos it's not very often we agree but I'm with you 100%. Well stated.

September 27, 2012  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Can a telethon be far behind?

LOL. With interviews of fans sobbing and saying "but, but where will I get $11.00 beers, $8.00 hot dogs and they don't charge $300 for my seat at church? God, when will it end?" Followed by a clip of The Dwarf and the Fehrless Leader saying "You can help. Send as much as you can afford, at least $5000, RIGHT NOW to help Ovie, Sid and others crippled by this evil stoppage. Call NOW to 1-800-487-WGAF". Thanks Buc for volunteering your number!

September 27, 2012  09:34 AM ET

Good to hear from you again Argos. And, your statement is one of the best on this subject so far. Thanks.

September 27, 2012  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Ilya is no the lockout's biggest loser. He will be fine

Ilya being the biggest lose has kind of a good ring to it.

signed
King Fan

September 27, 2012  09:52 AM ET

Hey might be the biggest loser, but the biggest suckers will be fans flocking back to the arena's when this is over. How many strikes/lockouts do we have to go through before we tell the league and the players that WE pay their salaries.

September 27, 2012  10:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Wouldn't the biggest loser be the fringe NHL player that only plays two or three seasons in the NHL and only gets an NHL salary for two or three seasons. They are the ones really losing out.Or better yet, how about that NHL player that only ever plays one NHL season, and spends the rest of his time in the AHL or Europe. They are losing out on that $500,000+ one time pay check that they will need to support them the rest of their life, because every other season they are only making like $60,000 and have a short playing career.Or how about the biggest loser that kid playing Europe who got cut from the team to make room for some big NHL star. That guy might be done from hockey and has to find a new career path because of this big name millionaire taking his spot and livelihood. Or what about all the employees of these teams and arenas, or the owners of the small bars in and around the arenas? They are the ones losing their minimum wage jobs or losing money in their business. They are the ones that are going to have to go into debt because of the lockout.Ilya is no the lockout's biggest loser. He will be fine.

Testify Brother ! Dead on point !!!

September 27, 2012  10:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Can a telethon be far behind?

I may rally my three teenagers and have a bottle drive for him

September 27, 2012  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I may rally my three teenagers and have a bottle drive for him

Around your place isn't that called cleaning up the living room?

September 27, 2012  10:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Around your place isn't that called cleaning up the living room?

it is at mine.
Come recycling day, my sanitation guys must think I'm a drunk

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September 27, 2012  10:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Hey might be the biggest loser, but the biggest suckers will be fans flocking back to the arena's when this is over. How many strikes/lockouts do we have to go through before we tell the league and the players that WE pay their salaries.

Precisely.

September 27, 2012  10:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Hey might be the biggest loser, but the biggest suckers will be fans flocking back to the arena's when this is over. How many strikes/lockouts do we have to go through before we tell the league and the players that WE pay their salaries.

agree.....we fans are the worst enablers.........

 
September 27, 2012  10:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

oh...poor Ilya

Seriously. He earned $6M last year and he is a loser?

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