The New York Islanders never seem to learn, first they sign Alexei Yashin to a 10 year $87.5 million deal, then they sign Rick Dipietro to a 15 year $67.5 million contract, now they are allegedly offering Ilya Kovalchuk a 10 year $100 million deal.
This is insane, the Islanders are a young team with lots of good draft picks, if they sign Kovalchuk it may cause chemistry problems, but also they won't have the money to extend players like John Tavares.
My recommendation to the Islanders is to offer a much lower contract to Kovalchuk if you do want him, after all he is a great goal scorer, but you do not want to mortgage the farm for him.
Now consider the entire scenario, you get a prolific goal scorer, you have no defense, your goaltender is already signed to that contract of eternal damnation, in fact the Dipietro contract could be the worst contract in the NHL. So why add more misery?
Here's another thought, the Islanders are losing money, according to their owner they lost close to the same amount as the Coyotes have been losing so it worries me that they may end up bankrupt just like the Coyotes.
It's a crazy world but I really don't think Kovalchuk is worth the money and he will probably end up taking a lot less than the $100 million he wants, and besides he'll ask for a lot of money from the Islanders because they're not really a team he wants to play for just like Atlanta.
In conclusion, the Islanders should just not go after Kovalchuk, if they absolutely must they can sign him to a cheaper contract but the young players are going to need their money in a few years.