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NHL Fines Devils: Lou Lamoriello Denies Wrongdoing.

September 13th, 2010 No Comments

In what feels like a never ending saga, the NHL has levied fines against the New Jersey Devils over their attempt to circumvent the collective bargaining agreement with regards to the 17-year, $102 million contract extended to Ilya Kovalchuk in late July. With Kovalchuk now signed to a 15-year, $100 million contract to play in New Jersey, the NHL has elected to go forward with disciplining the Devils for their prior actions, slapping the team with a $3 million fine and a loss of a first round draft choice and a third round draft choice, respectively. The Devils will determine when they will give up the future first round draft pick after the conclusion of the 2011, 2012, 2013, or 2014 Stanley Cup Finals has concluded. In a statement released to the press, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello appeared to

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Ilya Kovalchuk Deal Accepted By The NHL

September 4th, 2010 No Comments

In what was becoming a never ending story, it appears as if the NHL and NHLPA have finally come to an agreement on Ilya Kovalchuk’s contract. Rumors were swirling this morning that the NHL and NHLPA were working on an amendment to the rules within the Collective Bargaining Agreement that would allow for the Kovalchuk deal to be accepted, which is exactly what has transpired. In a move that is unprecedented, it appears as if the NHL and NHLPA worked together to make the amendment to the rules that govern long term contracts. Under the new rules, it is believed that several loopholes of the prior agreement have been closed, allowing Kovalchuk’s 15-year, $100 million deal to be accepted by league standards. While this newest deal is for slightly less money than the 17-year, $102 million deal, there is no

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Ilya Kovalchuk: Decision On Contract Delayed Until Friday

September 1st, 2010 No Comments

Dan Rosen of NHL.com is reporting that the Ilya Kovalchuk saga now has a deadline of 5 p.m. ET Friday, at which point the NHL will either accept or reject what is believed to be a 15-year, $100 million contract between Kovalchuk and the New Jersey Devils. The NHL made all kinds of headlines when it challenged the Devils original contract offer to Kovalchuk which would have paid the talented Russian sniper a total of $102 million over 17-years. The NHL made its case on the suspicion that the original contract was guilty of a “circumvention” of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, which an independent arbitrator later agreed with. If the latest contract is rejected, its back to the drawing board for the Devils, who have been working closely with the NHLPA and NHL in order to facilitate a deal that

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Kovalchuk Deal Close, NHL Will Approve New Contract

August 27th, 2010 No Comments

After turning down over $100 million from to remain with the Atlanta Thrashers and having his 17-year, $102 million contract with the New Jersey Devils rejected by the NHL, it appears as if Ilya Kovalchuk is about to sign with the Devils. ESPN is reporting that the NHL has approved the latest contract proposal from the Devils, which should be signed very soon. Kovalchuk’s newest contract should set the bar for future long-term/big money contracts and allow other NHL GM’s to use the contract as a template for future contracts. While there is no news on the term or monies involved, one can assume that the contract will likely be less than the $100 million Kovalchuk so badly seeks. When/if the contract is finally signed, it will allow other NHL GM”s to finally address their off-season needs and to pursue

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Toronto Maple Leafs: Season May Be Won or Lost Down the Middle

August 17th, 2010 No Comments

As much as it pains me to write this, Toronto Maple Leaf fans look to be headed for another long/frustrating season in 2010-11. While the Leafs will be a tougher team to play against, if general manager Brian Burke hits the floor running with the likes of Tyler Bozak, Nazem Kadri, Mikhail Grabovski, and Christian Hanson down the middle they will lose more battles and more games than they win. Want proof? Here is a sample of the top three centres from the top eight Eastern Conference teams as projected by The Hockey News: Boston Bruins: Marc Savard, David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron  Buffalo Sabres: Derek Roy, Tim Connolly, Paul Gaustad Montreal Canadiens: Scott Gomez, Tomas Plekanec, Dustin Boyd  Ottawa Senators: Jason Spezza, Mike Fisher, Peter Regin Pittsburgh Penguins: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal Philadelphia Flyers: Mike Richards, Jeff Carter,

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Tomas Kaberle: The Five Best Fits for Kabby

August 15th, 2010 1 Comment

The jury is still out on whether or not Toronto Maple Leafs veteran defensemen Tomas Kaberle will be traded, but with just over 24 hours to go before Kaberle’s no-trade clause kick’s back in, there seems to be a number of teams that are interested in Kaberle’s services. Leafs general manager Brian Burke has said that he would prefer to bring in a top six forward that can help elevate the Leafs into a playoff position as early as this season. But he said he would consider a “futures package” that may include one or more prospects and/or draft picks coming to Toronto. While there has been plenty of speculation as to which teams appear to be interested in Kaberle, there has been no confirmation. Of that teams that may be interested in Kaberle only a few may offer a

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