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Ilya Kovalchuk Update: Arbitration Looming

August 3rd, 2010 No Comments

NHL.com’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

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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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12 NHL Goalies That Must Step It Up For The 2010-11 Season

July 22nd, 2010 No Comments

The 2009-10 NHL season saw a lot of otherwise unknown goaltenders establish themselves as the go-to netminders for their respective teams. Jonathan Quick in Los Angeles, Michael Leighton in Philadelphia and Jimmy Howard in Detroit all had excellent seasons, followed by more than respectable playoff runs. With the 2010-11 season just a few months away, many NHL netminders will be looking to duplicate or surpass their 2009 success, with others trying to re-establish themselves as the number one crease beast. With that in mind, let’s take a look at 12 NHL goalies that must step up their play in order to have a successful 2010-11 season. Michael Leighton: Philadelphia Flyers Picked up on waivers by the Philadelphia Flyers late in the 2009-10 season; Michael Leighton had a very successful run with the Flyers, including a run to the Stanley Cup

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Ritter’s Rant: More On The Kovalchuk Saga- Who’s Laughing Now?

July 22nd, 2010 No Comments

Despite all the whining coming from New Jersey Devils fans, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and the NHL were completely within their rights to deem Ilya Kovalchuk’s 17-year, $102 million contract null and void. While on the surface Kovalchuk’s deal is not much different than the likes of Rick Dipietro, Roberto Luongo or Alex Ovechkin’s contract, the fact remains that given how little Kovalchuk was meant to earn over the final years of his contract made the contract a joke, which is why the NHL gave it the boot. Lost in all the Kovalchuk chatter is the fact that if Kovalchuk was to retire before his 17-year deal expired (which many suggest he would) whatever amount remained on his contract would NOT count against the salary cap. The NHLPA and the players themselves are sure to get their collars up about

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Ilya Kovalchuk Deal Rejected By The NHL: What Now?

July 20th, 2010 No Comments

Just when you thought the Ilya Kovalchuk saga was over… here we go again! With the 17-year, $102 million deal between the New Jersey Devils and unrestricted free agent super star Ilya Kovalchuk being thrown in the toilet, many Devils fans are wondering what Kovalchuk’s future will be with the club? It appears as if the NHL rejected the contract on the premise that the contract itself circumvents the NHL’s salary cap. The NHL wasn’t buying that Kovalchuk had any intention of fulfilling the final years of his contract. Rather, the NHL felt that either the New Jersey Devils would buyout the highly talented Russian or Kovalchuk would opt to retire. The NHL believes that the Devils and Kovalchuk had some sort of agreement in place. If not, that the optics of the deal were so poor that it would be impossible

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Ilya Kovalchuk Deal Rejected By The NHL

July 20th, 2010 No Comments

In a move that can only be called shocking, numerous reports are circulating online that suggest that the NHL appears to be set to reject Ilya Kovalchuk’s 17-year, $102 million deal he signed with the New Jersey Devils earlier this week on the grounds that it is in violation of the NHL’s salary cap. In simple terms, the NHL is rejecting the Kovalchuk deal on the basis that the deal itself makes a mockery of the NHL’s salary cap—a move the NHL should have done much earlier and more often. I for one, am happy that Gary Bettman and Company have stepped in and rejected the Kovalchuk deal. Signing any player to a 17-year deal is ridiculous, especially when we all darn well know that said player is likely to retire, never honoring the entire 17-years. Details are sketchy at

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