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by Paul on 09/11/05 at 08:34 AM ET
The Thrashers are offering Kovalchuk, the 22-year-old Group II free agent, the exact same five-year, $27M deal that Rick Nash signed with the Blue Jackets, with Waddell indicating that he's not prepared to budge. Did someone say, penny-foolish and pound-foolish all at once? Kovalchuk is not posturing, even if his prospective unrestricted free agent eligibility would be postponed by a year from 2008 to 2009 if he doesn't play in the NHL this season. You'll recall that Kovalchuk, who had 87 points to Nash's 57 while each scored a co-league-leading 41 goals in 2003-04, signed a contract in Russia last year that bound him to his club after Dec. 31, regardless of whether the lockout ended after that. For this year and this year only, once the season starts, all players 25 and older who play in one game either in the NHL or in the minors, are exempt from waiver claims either going down or coming back up. In a brewing and growing controversy that threatens to further splinter the battered and shattered union, no fewer than 19 player reps — a majority of the PA's 35-member executive board — have hired Bob Lanza, the former chief counsel of the NBA Players' Assn., to undertake a thorough review of a series of the executive board's actions commencing with the end of the lockout.
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