Comparisons of Ilya Kovalchuk's long-term deal to Rick DiPietro's miss the point.
Still, Lamoriello said he "absolutely" rolled his eyes when the Islanders signed Rick DiPietro to a 15-year contract in 2006 and when Washington signed Alex Ovechkin to a 13-year contract in 2008. He also said he "absolutely" rolled his eyes when Kovalchuk’s contract was completed.
So why would he sign Kovalchuk to such a deal?
"You’d have to speak to ownership about that."