The biggest story of the first week has to be the seven year contract extension of Chara. I have mixed emotions on the signing. On one hand I am not too keen on signing a man who will turn 34 this season to a 7 year 45.5 million extension. On the other hand, stories of Chara’s remarkable conditioning and devotion to fitness make me believe he has the possibility of being an upper echelon defenseman late in his career. Boston needs Chara to continue to be a true contender. I will sum the extension up as something Boston needed to do, but they might regret later.
Kovalchuk Deal Continues to Haunt the Devils
New Jersey ended a week they surely wanted to forget in bizarre fashion. Suffering from injuries from Brian Rolston and Anton Volchenkov, combined with the one game suspension of Pierre-Luc Letournea-Leblond, forced the Devils to only dress 15 skaters against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Devils were so pressed against the salary cap that they could not afford to call up any players. The NHLPA is investigating the situation. One cannot blame them; future moves of skeleton-crew teams to cheat the salary cap must be prevented. Kovalchuk has cost the Devils Oduya, Bergfors, Cormier, two first round picks, a third round pick, and three million dollars. This deal is becoming too costly for a player who is not particularly fond of playing two ways.
Edmonton, What? Why? Edmonton Oilers got off to a surprising 2-0 start that earned my vote. Besides, I will not have too many opportunities this year to give the Oilers props. The 4-0 victory against Calgary was made even sweeter by the ridiculous short hand goal by Jordan Eberle. Not a bad way to start his NHL career. Nikolai Khabibulin looked impressive in the 3-2 victory over Florida.
New Jersey Devils. Three losses in three games, an embarrassing 7-2 loss, and only being able to dress 17 players makes for one embarrassing week. Brodeur has looked extremely flawed in the early season. This cannot be the start John MacLean imagined.
Best Moment of the Week
James Wisniewski taunting Sean Avery was a moment made for YouTube. The incident started with Avery refusing to drop the gloves (no surprise). In my opinon it was well worth the two game suspension in my opinion.