"It's still the players who are losers"-David Perron on Kovalchuk
Posted by Julie Heroux for CKAC Sports Thursday, July 22, 2010 à 09 h 19.
(CKAC Sports) While it has signed a two-year contract for $ 4.3 million with St. Louis Blues David Perron said play first and foremost to have fun, but it does not prevent not to criticize the turn of the case Ilya Kovalchuk.
Listen to the interview above David Perron in the issue of bed ... Sports
The NHL has rejected the contract of $ 102 million over 17 years Kovalchuk granted by the New Jersey Devils. The case is now likely to find themselves before an arbitrator if the players' association filed a grievance.
"It's quite frustrating as a hockey player," said David Perron. The salary cap is something that the NHL wanted, this is not something the players wanted. There is record that the general managers find a way around it and the league must put a stop to it obviously. But in all this is still the players who are losers. "
He gives another example where players have been losers by him. It is when the Phoenix Coyotes were able to make many exchanges to trade deadline when they were ownerless. "It may have prevented a team like the St. Louis Blues make the playoffs, while the bottom was the other 29 teams who managed to pay salaries for the Coyotes."
He also recalls that the players have lost a season because of salary cap. Indeed, the impasse in the negotiations had led to a lockout during the entire 2004-2005 season.
The pleasure of playing hockey
For its part, the 22-year winger is delighted with the salary earned his new contract, but this is not the most important to him. "Of course it's very pleasant, but it's not why I play hockey. It is to win the Stanley Cup and having fun. "
The pleasure of play is the key according to David Perron. When asked what he thought of fewer and less number of Quebecers who reach the NHL, the young striker argues that we must first let the young people have fun when they start playing hockey.
"Often, we arrive atom or pee wee and it immediately gaming systems, immediately wanting to win. We must let young people play offensively, but we're talking straight from the defensive youth. That was my case, it was frustrating. We must let the young grow, have fun. Send them to the outdoor rink to try feints. There are those who speak against Kovalev, but he showed young people what it means to be an artist on the ice. "
As a native of Sherbrooke, Quebec, he'd like to see more players from us in alignment with the Montreal Canadiens. He said even hope to be the number one day ...
Glad to hear it's more about the cup then the cash for him.
That last line translated a little rough, but considering he wants to play for Montreal some day, I'm glad he's still going to be a RFA at the end of this two year deal.
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