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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.

read on

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Again, It Sounds Like Detroit Or Retire For Modano

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Modano said there still are times when he has doubt, and he needs to make sure that’s not there. Modano said he and representatives from Octagon Sports have had conversations with management from Minnesota and San Jose , but that they have not set up any visits or meetings with the Wild or Sharks. He said he has had a ton of conversations with Detroit, and that coach Mike Babcock has been very persuasive. Babcock told nhl.com last week that he felt Modano would indeed play in Detroit, where he was born and grew up….

Modano said Babcock has been just as energetic in person, and he said that’s a great feeling. Babcock might just be the most respected coach in the NHL right now. He led Team Canada to a gold medal at the 2010 Olympics, and for him to say he believes Modano can be an important part of a very good Red Wings team is intoxicating.

“Definitely,” Modano said. “He’s a great coach, and he’s very serious about making this work. That’s one of the reasons I am taking this seriously. I know what will be expected, and I want to make sure I can do it.”


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Feaster On The Job

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP at TSN,

Jay Feaster is prepared to butt heads if he has to with Flames general manager Darryl Sutter.

“He can’t have a harder head than John Tortorella did,” the new assistant general manager insisted Tuesday. “It can’t be.”

The combative Tortorella was Feaster’s coach when the two won the 2004 Stanley Cup together with the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning beat the Flames in seven games to take the championship that year.

Feaster was hired earlier this month to work alongside the strong-willed Sutter next season.

“I like those old-school guys,” Feaster said in his first face-to-face meeting with Calgary media.


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Always A Summer Favorite

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Day 1 of the LA Kings Ice Crew Auditions…

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Kovalchuk Signs With The Devils

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Yesterday the highest profile free agent of the 2010 summer, Ilya Kovalchuk re-signed with the New Jersey Devils.  He signed a 17 year pact worth $102 million.  This gives him an annual salary cap hit of $6 million.  This is a glorious example of legal contravention of the salary cap.  Nobody seriously believes that Kovalchuk will still be playing in the NHL at age 44 when the deal ends.  Nobody seriously believes that Kovalchuk will play for the 17 year term or have an annual average salary as low as $6 million.

That said there is nothing the NHL can do about the deal right now.  There is significant precedent for these long term deals with declining pay in the sunset seasons to keep the annual salary cap hit down.  There are more than a handful of players signed to these deals who are not expected to complete them.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ken Holland is terrific, wonderful man. Ken is considered the best GM in the game. He certainly has been the most successful since he took over the Wings. Although he downplays his personal success he does attribute his team’s success to passion. He is passionate about hockey and only looks for people who feel the same way. Talking to Ken about the Red Wings it occurred to me that the Red Wings brain trust are totally immersed in the game. They watch hockey all the time. When they aren’t watching it they are talking about it. When they aren’t doing the previous mentioned things they are teaching hockey to minor hockey coaches and players-PASSION.

-Drew-Remenda of Sharks.com.  More from Drew on a topic you must click to read.

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New Jersey Ownership Behind The Kovalchuk Deal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

While saying the Devils did nothing illegal in signing Ilya Kovalchuk to a 17-year, $102 million contract, general manager Lou Lamoriello admitted that such a deal was bad for the NHL and should be eliminated in the next CBA.

I asked Lamoriello what he would think if someone brought up Kovalchuk’s contract in the next round of CBA negotiations (in two years) and pointed to it as a flaw.

“I might agree,” he said. “But there is nothing that we have done wrong. This is within the rules. This is in the CBA. There are precedents that have been set. But I would agree we shouldn’t have these. But I’m also saying that because it’s legal and this is something that ownership felt comfortable doing for the right reasons.”

It was clear that ownership—headed by Jeff Vanderbeek—was behind this particular contract. Not that Lamoriello didn’t endorse bringing Kovalchuk back.


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Tampa Bay Coaching Staff Almost Complete

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Erik Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,

First-year Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Guy Boucher is close to rounding out his staff after naming two assistant coaches on Tuesday.

The Lightning hired Boucher’s two assistants with Hamilton of the American Hockey League last season, Daniel Lacroix and Martin Raymond. The trio led the Bulldogs to the Western Conference final in the AHL playoffs.

Boucher, who is leaving Thursday for a three-week family vacation, is expected to add one more coach to his staff.


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Florida Shows Up On The NHL Map

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Remember when both Florida teams were gong shows? Well, with Steve Yzerman in Tampa and Dale Tallon taking over as general manager in Florida, those days are gone.

Now, add into the recipe that there is no state tax in Florida, travel in the Eastern Conference is vastly superior to the West, and of course, the family is always happy to relocate to the kind of neighborhood where a millionaire in Florida might live, and you get quotes like this one from Simon Gagne:

“Tampa Bay was a team I was more than willing to waive my no-trade for,” Gagne said. “I really like the direction the team is headed in with a solid owner, Steve Yzerman as GM and coach (Guy) Boucher.”

When is the last time you heard a player say THAT about the Lightning? Give Tallon some time in Florida, and they’ll be talking that way about the Panthers as well.

Sunshine, the beach, low taxes, zero media scrutiny… It is just another example of why teams in Canada had better draft well, because landing big-name free agents is getting tougher and tougher.

more hockey topics…

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