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For The Good Of The Game

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

Consider for a moment that the Kovalchuk contract was accepted. Consider if Bloch had sided with the NHLPA and forced the contract through.

Instead of clearly defining a line, it could have been a free-for-all. Kings general manager Dean Lombardi could have rushed to Drew Doughty and offered up a 30-year deal. Because, why not? Structured the right way, all the elements would have been legal under the current CBA.

“What would prevent a team from doing a 25-year deal?” said former GM Craig Button, while discussing the possibility of Kovalchuk’s deal going through. “It might embolden (teams).”

While it’s debatable whether or not Bloch’s ruling is good for the players, it’s hard not to think it’s good for the overall health of the game.

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What’s Next, Who’s Next?

via CKNW (Vancouver),

lya Kovalchuk is available to the highest bidder once again and if arbitrator Richard Bloch has his way, Vancouver Canuck goalie Roberto Luongo may be next.

In his Kovalchuk ruling, Bloch indicated he had his eye on 4 other long-term contracts.  Among them were Luongo’s, Philidelphia’s Chris Pronger, Chicago’s Marian Hossa and Boston’s Marc Savard.

Canuck General Manager Mike Gillis says the League is studying Luongo’s 64 million dollar, 12 year contract. He says the team is awaiting further instructions from the NHL.

Also, read the Kovalchuk ruling here.

added 5:05am, from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Indeed, arbitrator Richard Bloch, whose decision in the Kovalchuk case reads as if he lifted it word-for-word from Bob Batterman, the lead attorney representing the NHL, noted that the NHL is investigating the heavily front-loaded 12-year, $63.3 million Hossa contract as well as similar deals between the Canucks and Roberto Luongo, the Flyers and Chris Pronger and the Bruins and Marc Savard….

In order for these investigations to take place, however, a Systems Arbitrator must be in place. Bloch, who was selected mutually by the NHL and the PA to preside over this hearing, is not acting as the Systems Arbitrator. If the NHL is now going to pursue these cases, the sides must hire an arbitrator to fill that role.

If, however, the league wants to piggy-back on yesterday’s victory over the PA and Lou Lamoriello’s Devils—how’s them for strangest of bedfellows?—Bettman under Article 26 would then be in position to levy debilitating penalties including fines up to $5 million; forfeiture of an unspecified number of draft picks; and, and this is the kicker as applies to the Blackhawks, “a forfeiture of any NHL Game(s) determined to have been affected by a Circumvention.”

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Evening Line

For the good of everyone – teams, agents, players and fans – the cap rules must be clarified in the next CBA. In the meantime, we’re all left guessing…

-Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo Sports.  More on the Kovalchuk arbitration decision.

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Devils Resume Talks With Kovalchuk

via Devils.com,

New Jersey Devils President/CEO/General Manager Lou Lamoriello today issued the following statement in response to Arbitrator Richard Bloch’s decision in regard to the team’s contract with Ilya Kovalchuk:

“We have reviewed and respect Arbitrator Bloch’s ruling in the Kovalchuk matter.  We also note and appreciate his finding that nothing in his opinion should be read as suggesting that either the club or Ilya Kovalchuk operated in bad faith or on the basis of any assumption other than that the Standard Player Contract was fully compliant with the CBA. That has been our consistent position throughout.

“While we do not currently have a contract with Ilya Kovalchuk, discussions have resumed and we are hopeful that a contract will be reached that meets with the principles in Arbitrator Bloch’s award and the NHL’s approval.”

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Report- Arbitrator Rules In NHL Favor In Kovalachuk Case

via Liz Mullen tweet,

Breaking—Arbitrator rules in League’s favor in Kovalchuk case, source says

added 5:22pm, via Nick Kypreos tweet,

Kovalchuk remains UFA. Confirmed by sources.

added 5:37pm, from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

(Bill) Daly released the following statement with regard to the decision by Bloch that the League properly rejected the contract agreed to by the New Jersey Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk:

“We want to thank Arbitrator Bloch for his prompt resolution of a complex issue. His ruling is consistent with the League’s view of the manner in which the Collective Bargaining Agreement should deal with contracts that circumvent the Salary Cap.”

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added 6:59pm, from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

The NHL Players’ Association also released a statement through spokesperson, Jonathan Weatherdon.

“The NHLPA is disappointed with the Arbitrator’s ruling to uphold the NHL’s rejection of the contract between the New Jersey Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk,” the statement read. “The NHLPA is currently reviewing the decision and will have no further comment at this time.

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added 7:06pm, from Damien Cox of The Spin,

The Kovalchuk decision, meanwhile, addresses a growing sentiment among teams that the front-loaded, long-term deals were becoming a competitive advantage to a handful of teams since two-thirds of the league’s clubs couldn’t dream of signing such contracts.

Some GMs said the NHL needed to put it’s foot down when Kiprusoff became the first to sign this type of contract back in 2007.

“I wish the NHL had started this five years ago,” lamented one GM.The NHL says it is still investigating the contracts signed by Hossa and Pronger.

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Selanne Signs With Ducks

via Kevin Allen tweet,

Teemu Selanne signed with Anaheim at $3.25 million plus bonuses.

added 3:11pm,

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed right wing Teemu Selanne to a one-year contract through the 2010-11 NHL season. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.

“We are thrilled to have Teemu back for his 19th NHL season and 12th in an Anaheim Ducks uniform,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “His commitment to the game is unparalleled, both on and off the ice. We look forward to another strong year for Teemu in 2010-11.”

 

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The Stanley Cup Visits The Eiffel Tower

Cristobal Huet takes the Cup to the Eiffel Tower.

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Riley Cote Retiring

via NHL Flyers tweet,

Riley Cote just announced he is retiring and will become an assistant coach with the Phantoms.

added 2:16pm, from Flyers.com,

“We are pleased to add Riley to our coaching staff in Glens Falls,” Holmgren said.  “Riley’s dedication, perseverance and passion for the game of hockey are beyond reproach. We believe he will be a good young coach, and his knowledge and experience will be very beneficial in the development of our young prospects.”

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It’s A Different Game - Even For The Goalies

from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

A lot has happened around the NHL this summer and it’s interesting to look at how certain things have changed. In particular, I’ve been intrigued by what has gone on with goaltenders. It certainly appears as if we are entering a new phase in how teams view the position from the perspective of slotting goalie salaries in the cap era.

The NHL’s hard salary cap is the obvious first dynamic at work here. How much money can a team afford to sink into one position?

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Detroit Signs Ruslan Salei

via numerous Twitter reports,

Wings sign defenseman Ruslan Salei to a one-year contract.

added 1:00pm,

DETROIT—The Red Wings announced that they signed defenseman Ruslan Salei to a one-year contract. In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Salei, 35, was originally a first round draft pick (ninth overall) of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in 1996.

The Minsk, Belarus, native has appeared in 842 career games with the Ducks, Florida Panthers and Colorado Avalanche. He has 194 points, including 43 goals and 1,017 penalty minutes over 13 NHL seasons.

A back injury limited Salei to just 14 games for Colorado in 2009-10. He finished the season with a goal and five assists.

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