Not sure on this one....I think Kovy is overpaid at 4.5 million. But, Gonchar is REALLY overpaid.
So, IMO, I would have rather given Kovy 5 million to play here for ALL the different aspects he gives you (point man on PP, carries the puck up the ice on the PP, penalty killer, scoring winger w/Crosby, good locker room guy for next year for Malkin, ect) then given Gonchar 5 million to ummmmm.....ahhh....hook guys and pull them down.
All in all...CP has made so many mistakes, that if Mario wasn't the owner he would have been fired already.
I think too, in CP's heart, he either has lost his "fire" to be a GM anymore or he has been here too long and has gotten "too comfortable" knowing that he isn't going to be held accountable for his actions.
I think that his ship has come in. The fact that Ken Sawyer is avoiding the questions of resigning him this summer makes it all more the wonder. When Mario bought the team in 1999 he said "my 1st issue is to sign Craig" and then Craig said "I don't plan on going anywhere."
You sure don't hear that now this time around....