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Ilya Kovalchuk Arbitration Hearing Concludes…And the Winner Is?

August 9th, 2010 No Comments

It appears as if the NHL and NHLPA will finally have an answer as to which side will emerge victorious in the grueling Ilya Kovalchuk saga. Richard Block—who was elected to be the arbitrator in the Kovalchuk hearings—has concluded his two-day hearings and now has until Monday to render a decision. Block has two options. First, he can choose to allow the Kovalchuk contract which would mean the NHL would have to accept the ridiculous 17-year, $102 million deal at face value. The other option would see Block side with the NHL, which would mean the contract would be rejected on the premise that it circumvents the NHL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement. If Block does side with the NHL, the New Jersey Devils (the team that signed Kovalchuk to the deal) would not only potentially lose the services of the talented


All About the Benjamins: Why NHL Players Are Choosing the KHL

August 7th, 2010 No Comments

This offseason we have watched as several NHL players have chosen to continue their career with the KHL, shunning the NHL in the process. At the top of the heap, former San Jose Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov signed a four-year, $24 million deal with SKA St. Petersburg, followed by former Atlanta Thrashers forward Maxim Afinogenov, who signed a five-year contract with SKA just yesterday. For many Russian players, heading back home to play is as much about convenience as it is about the money. That said, given the choice to make the same money, I suspect every one of them would rather be in the NHL—fact is, most of them are not worth it! While the skill level in the KHL is getting better, the league is nowhere near what the NHL is. SKA St. Petersburg, widely believed to be


Ilya Kovalchuk Deal Could Be Devastating for the NHL

August 5th, 2010 2 Comments

It is widely believed that the Ilya Kovalchuk deal and subsequent hearings have all but kept many NHL teams and unrestricted free agent players from making more of a splash this summer. Numerous trades—most notably a deal involving Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle—have been sitting on the back burner for quite some time, leaving many NHL teams and fans feeling like they have been kept hostage all summer long by the Kovalchuk saga. Yesterday, arbitrator Richard Block began hearing the arguments for and against the Kovalchuk contract from both the NHL and the Players Association. A decision on Kovalchuk’s 17-year, $102 million contract is expected by this Friday, if not by Monday at the latest. In the end, there are only really two scenarios that can come of Block’s findings. First, Block upholds the Kovalchuk deal, which will force


Remembering the 2010 Winter Classic: Philadelphia Flyers Vs. Boston Bruins

August 3rd, 2010 No Comments

Last year I had the opportunity to cover the Winter Classic between the Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers. As an accredited writer I was able to take part in numerous interviews and take some pretty great pictures along the way. With the 2011 Winter Classic between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals already starting to steal the headlines I felt it might be cool to look back at my experience in Boston. Here is a look at some of my pictures: This is the first picture I took after the cab dropped me off on Yawkey Way right outside the legendary Fenway Park. The City of Boston and the NHL did a great job of promoting the event both in the media and on the streets of Boston. If you got within a square mile of Fenway you knew


Ilya Kovalchuk Update: Arbitration Looming

August 3rd, 2010 No Comments’s Dan Rosen is reporting that Ilya Kovalchuk’s arbitration case will commence on Wednesday with a decision being made public as early as Friday. The NHL rejected Kovalchuk’s 17-year, $102 million deal based on the fact that they felt the contract circumvented the CBA. The onus will be on the NHL to prove that the Kovalchuk deal was, in fact, signed with the intention of side-stepping the CBA, which, given the wording of said CBA, will be tough to do. While many NHL fans do feel the Kovalchuk deal is reasonable, there are more than a few that feel the deal is “insane”, especially in light of the fact that the deal is front loaded and that Kovalchuk would be 43 years old when it expires. Many believe, given how little will be owed to the talented Russian sniper in


NHLPA Expected To File Grivance Against NHL Today

July 26th, 2010 No Comments

The NHLPA is expected to file a grievance over the Ilya Kovalchuk deal against the NHL today, which, in turn, should get the ball rolling on finding a resolution for the Kovalchuk deal. When the NHL pulled the plug on the Kovalchuk deal (17-years, $102 million), many believed it was just a matter of time before the NHLPA filed a grievance, so, the fact they will do so today is hardly a surprise. It is widely believed that, despite the language in the CBA, that the NHL had no right to stick their nose into the Kovalchuk contract, especially in light of some of the past deals that were accepted such as the Rick DiPietro deal, Henrik Zetterberg, Marian Hossa, etc. Once the grievance is filed it should put into motion what could emerge as a long and drawn out

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