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Blues Sign Perron

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Jeremy Rutherford tweet,

David Perron has signed a two-year, 4.3 million extension with Blues. He will be paid 1.8 and 2.5 next 2 yrs.

added 1:34pm,

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has re-signed forward David Perron to a two-year contract.

“David has proven to be a key forward on our club and we look forward to his continued development with us,” said Armstrong.  “We are expecting David to grow into a complete player at this level.”

“I love playing in St. Louis and if front of our fans,” said Perron.  “For the past three seasons they have treated me great and I can’t wait for the season to start.”

 

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I’m Still Here

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I justed wanted to let you know I am around, but it has been all Kovalchuk news this morning and I do believe most of you have had enough of what is going on with him.

I will be selective when posting any news regarding him and hopefully we get some other hockey topics to talk about in the near future.

Stay tuned…

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Kovalchuk Contract Rejected

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In the off season, any controversy that keeps hockey in the news is a good thing.  At least it keeps people talking about it.  The NHL has its controversy.  They rejected the contract Ilya Kovalchuk signed with the New Jersey Devils as being an attempt to circumvent the salary cap.  Of course they are right that the 17 year term with six years at the end where Kovalchuk is paid less than $1 million is done to keep the average annual salary down.  The $6 million salary cap hit exists only on paper and it is almost a certainty that Kovalchuk will retire long before the contract expires, thus making his average payment higher than the salary cap reported figure.

The problem is that the NHL has accepted several contracts that are set up to reduce the salary cap hit by adding on several low paid years at the end when the player in question is likely retired.  I think the worst one before Kovalchuk is Marian Hossa`s contract with Chicago.

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Hockey In Mexico

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bill Meltzer at NHL.com,

The Mexican Hockey Federation has taken significant steps recently to increase the domestic and international visibility of its national program. Earlier this year, Mexico hosted two IIHF-sanctioned international tournaments. At the senior level, the Division II Group A World Championship took place in Mexico City. Several weeks earlier, Monterrey hosted the Under-18 Division III Group B World Championship. In recent years, the country has hosted the men’s Division III World Championship (2005) and the 2008 U-18 Division III Group A Worlds.

Mexico’s men’s national team won one of four games in the Division II Worlds, finishing fifth in the six-team field.

more

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Probert Family Says Thanks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dani Probert at the Windsor Star,

In our time of need, we, the Probert family, were so humbled with the enormous amount of support, kindness and condolences given to our family in Bob’s honour.

Thank you for the outpouring of thoughts and prayers from friends, family, the community, surrounding communities and around the world through our darkest hours. For this, we will always be grateful.

The tremendous actions taken Monday, July 5, on the day of the tragedy by OPP, EMS, firefighters, medical professionals and the residents of Emeryville, especially Pete, Craig, Kai and Wilma, you will never be forgotten.

Many thanks to Brian Parent and the staff at Families First for doing everything in their power to ease our path, the Windsor police, who expertly and magnificently assisted the funeral motorcade, the press who showed great respect on our saddest day, the North Wall Honour guard who powered the way and George, who took such care of Bob on his final ride.

continued

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The Official Word On Kovalchuk Contract

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via NHL.com,

National Hockey League Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly today issued the following statement regarding the free agent contract forward Ilya Kovalchuk signed with the New Jersey Devils:

“The contract has been rejected by the League as a circumvention of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Under the CBA, the contract rejection triggers a number of possible next steps that may be elected by any or each of the NHLPA, the Player and/or the Club. In the interim, the player is not entitled to play under the contract, nor is he entitled to any of the rights and benefits that are provided for thereunder. The League will have no further comment on this matter pending further developments.”

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The Line In The Sand Has Been Drawn

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

At some point, the NHL decided to draw a line in the sand and it just happened to be this time, right now. It doesn’t mean the Devils and Kovalchuk’s happy marriage cannot go forward. It just means it cannot go forward as the contract is currently structured.

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added 11:16pm, from John MacKinon of Sweatsox at the Edmonton Journal,

There’s also no denying this has the potential to get messy, especially with the NHL Players’ Association sniffing around former MLB union head Donald Fehr, he of the head-in-sand approach to performance-enhancing drugs.

A child of five can see that a 27-year-old man signing a 17-year contract will have long since retired by the time that deal hits its expiry date. Which is as good a reason as any for NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to declare the deal null and void, meaning Kovalchuk remains a free agent and the next deal he signs will have to have at least a toehold on reality.

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added 11:29pm, via Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

Dean Lombardi said tonight that the Kings would remain interested in signing Kovalchuk should the opportunity present itself, but it’s likely that the union will get involved and seek to uphold the deal. The real question is, how long will this whole process take?

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While Lou Is Losing His Mind, Stevie Is Hitting His Stride

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

When I read the Chief’s post today I was going to write a similar post to this one to break up the Chopper Willa talk around here, but I was too busy during the day to write it up.  Just about an hour ago the story got a whole lot more interesting… sometimes patience is a virtue.

From the mainpage:

NHL deems Kovy contract “a retirement contract”. Says it “artificially drops cap hit”. Also states its too overloaded the first 10 yrs

More from the mainpage via TSN:

The NHL has rejected Ilya Kovalchuk’s 17-year, $102 million contract with the New Jersey Devils on the grounds that it circumvents the NHL’s salary cap.

Kovalchuk was slated to earn $95 million over the first 10 years of the deal and then just $7 million over the last seven seasons. That would translate to an annual cap hit of $6 million per year.

You can almost see the veins on Lou Lamoriello’s massive scalp throbbing from here.

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Report- League Rejects Kovalchuk Contract

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Nick Kypreos tweet,

Word I’m hearing is the league has rejected Kovalchuk 17 year NJ contract… Stay tuned….

added 9:34pm, via Ryan Rishaug tweet,

Acc to gord miller. Kovalchuks contract rejected by nhl for cap circumvention

added 9:40pm, Tom Gulittie tweets,

Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek says he had not heard anything about contract being rejected.

GM Lou Lamoriello declined comment.

added 9:41pm, Another Kypreos tweet,

NHL deems Kovy contract “a retirement contract”. Says it “artificially drops cap hit”. Also states its too overloaded the first 10 yrs

added 9:42pm, Gulitti with another tweet,

I can confirm, via a source, that Kovalchuk contract has been rejected

added 9:57pm, John Shannon tweets,

contract is viewed as a circumvention of the CBA…contract would have to be restructured and re-filed.

added 10:03pm, via TSN,

The NHL has rejected Ilya Kovalchuk’s 17-year, $102 million contract with the New Jersey Devils on the grounds that it circumvents the NHL’s salary cap.

Kovalchuk was slated to earn $95 million over the first 10 years of the deal and then just $7 million over the last seven seasons. That would translate to an annual cap hit of $6 million per year.

added 10:29pm, via Darren Dreger tweet,

If the NHLPA grieves the leagues decision, the contract remains dead until an arbitrator decides otherwise.

added 10:46pm, via James Duthie tweet,

Best guess: Devils/Kovy could restructure, but agents I spoke to figure Kovy likes his deal just the way it is, and will ask PA to grieve.

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Not The Real World

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Branch of the New York Times,

Beyond the security guard at the closed door of the news conference, the midday din of a struggling city could not be heard.

But a block away, over on chaotic Broad Street across from City Hall, about 20 workers picketed and blew whistles. They wore signs, sandwich-board style, that read “Put Newark to Work” and “Living Wages Would Stop Foreclosures in Newark.” The unemployment rate in Newark, New Jersey’s largest city, was estimated at 13.5 percent in May. It was 9.5 percent across the country.

Joe Rizzo, an organizer from the Laborers’ Union, said he had heard something about the Kovalchuk deal. For the Devils, right?

“What gets me a little upset is when you relate it to what’s happening in the real world,” Rizzo said.

The juxtaposition of Kovalchuk’s deal was striking, on the streets and in the headlines. Like the hyper-hyped LeBron James free-agent sweepstakes a couple of weeks earlier, the Kovalchuk announcement felt like an unseemly fantasy diversion amid the rat-a-tat news of unemployment, foreclosures and battered school budgets.

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