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Old 06-18-2018, 02:20 PM   #41
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The league as a whole has gotten faster since Kovalchuk was considered a “burner”. Plus he has aged, and who knows how much he even cares at this point. He got stripped of the captaincy and benched during playoffs due to a lack of conditioning. Guy probably weighs close to 250 at this point.


I am thinking a team in California will overpay a lot for him
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Old 06-18-2018, 02:22 PM   #42
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People are acting like Kovalchuk has been in hiding for 6 years. He just played in the Olympics this past February did he not?
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Old 06-18-2018, 03:05 PM   #43
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Old 06-18-2018, 03:07 PM   #44
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That tweet was removed, sureloss. What did it say?
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Old 06-18-2018, 03:19 PM   #45
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Old 06-18-2018, 03:25 PM   #46
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If that's the kind of thing that sways Tavares, get Hamonic to call him.
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If that's the kind of thing that sways Tavares, get Hamonic to call him.

not unimaginable that he already has. no restrictions on friends talking to friends. Tavares could already have spoken to Hamonic long ago about his thoughts on flames and the city.
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Old 06-18-2018, 03:32 PM   #48
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not unimaginable that he already has. no restrictions on friends talking to friends. Tavares could already have spoken to Hamonic long ago about his thoughts on flames and the city.
Sure, but if the Flames are serious, they could make the specific ask.

BTW, It'd be a kind of questionable decision on Tavares part if something like a video swayed him.
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Old 06-18-2018, 03:34 PM   #49
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If that's the kind of thing that sways Tavares, get Hamonic to call him.
For all we know they may talk all the time. Maybe they've even gotten their families together at some point this spring. Then again, maybe not.

Interesting to think about, but I imagine NHL buddies yap all the time off the record about stuff like this. While out golfing, while out at the lake, etc.

It's also funny how teams use the media to tamper all the time. Like St. Louis proclaiming to their media source a couple weeks ago that "they have permission to open up the vault for a high end center" or this new one with the Leafs and their "Leafs are prepared to to offer multiple creative offers for Tavares if he goes UFA".

I for one hope Tavares and Hamonic are amazing buds, and I hope they've chumming around lots since their seasons ended. Hopefully even Gaudreau and Gio were there too as they went out for a round of golf at one point. Whatever it takes to get a serious bug in his ear and maybe sway him to hear Treliving out in the courting period.
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Old 06-18-2018, 03:36 PM   #50
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Sure, but if the Flames are serious, they could make the specific ask.

BTW, It'd be a kind of questionable decision on Tavares part if something like a video swayed him.
People get swayed by good advertising all the time. I don’t think he’s choosing whoever makes the best video, but the content certainly ranks as a fair addition to the overall consideration.

There are probably teams that are close together in his “consideration” pile. Presentation is definitely going to play a role.
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The Flames put together a very touching video presentation on the jumbotron for Foo and his parents when he was visiting Calgary as a free agent.. Brought tears to his mother's eyes.

It can have some impact, but a video won't likely completely sway him over.
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People get swayed by good advertising all the time. I don’t think he’s choosing whoever makes the best video, but the content certainly ranks as a fair addition to the overall consideration.

There are probably teams that are close together in his “consideration” pile. Presentation is definitely going to play a role.
So Vegas, then.
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So Vegas, then.
If it was video alone, I don’t even see how the other teams would compete.

Calgary’s would probably be a PowerPoint with a couple quotes from Curtis Glencross and Brent Krahn or something.
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Oilers have to be dusting off those DVDs
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https://twitter.com/statuses/1008820726982434816

If true sounds like Tavares has a short list already
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If that's the kind of thing that sways Tavares, get Hamonic to call him.
And fuel up the Jet for him and Conroy.
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Should anything be taken from the meetings being in LA? Maybe Cali teams are front runners?
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Should anything be taken from the meetings being in LA? Maybe Cali teams are front runners?
His agency's headquarters is there.
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Tavares would look boss in a Kings jersey...
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Old 06-18-2018, 04:17 PM   #60
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San Jose
Las Vegas
Toronto
NY Rangers
St. Louis
LA Kings

I think those are your frontrunners.. Rangers is the "X" factor because no matter how much they suck, they still want to sign big name FAs and players want to go to them.
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