Don Waddell, have you completely lost your mind?
I get that you're frustrated because you couldn't re-sign the best player you've ever been lucky enough to draft #1 overall. Sure, 12 years and $101 million is a lot of money to turn down. But then you throw out a quote like this:
"As we found it, it was all about money," Waddell said. "We built a team Kovy liked. We knew Kovy wanted to stay the rest of his career in Atlanta if he could. But if we were going to sign a player to that contract, tell me which one of our young players you want to trade?"
Read that again. "Which one of our young players you want to trade?" If it really is a one-for-one situation, how about trading - I don't know - anyone not named Kovalchuk?
I'm hoping this is just an unfortunate incident of poor phrasing, but given Waddell's track record, I have a feeling he just traded away the best player in franchise history so he could re-sign Bryan Little.
This serves as a nice reminder to Sabres fans who complain about Darcy Regier: it could always be worse.