It seems like Lou Lamoriello has decided to finally keep a star player in the organization by making Kovy this ridiculous offer.
However, the real offensive star and face of the organization, Zach Parise, worthy at least five of the 17 reasons alone, will be up for a hefty raise the Devils may not be able to give him.
The exodus of homegrown talent would be nothing new; in factm it has become a tradition.
Parise has proven he doesn't shy from the spotlight and thrives in a team-first philosophy.
His scoring happens within the system and he doesn't require a major chunk of ice time that disrupts necessary continuity of the line pairings.
And Kovalchuk also plays the same position as Parise, meaning that Kovalchuk becomes an overpaid second line winger.
As we all know, anytime you get a chance to pay a second-line player huge cash until he is 44, you have to do it. RIght?
Why not offer Parise a 10-year, $59 million deal? He deserves it and he would also be happy that his deal didn't inhibit the team's ability to contend on a yearly basis.