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by Paul on 08/10/10 at 08:35 PM ET
from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,
The immediate reaction is arbitrator Richard Bloch dropped a potential mess on the Vancouver Canucks’ doorstep Monday with his explosive ruling that goaltender Roberto Luongo’s contract could be retroactively voided.
Canucks general manager Mike Gillis is not commenting on the decision at the NHL’s request, but you have to wonder whether he smiled wryly when Bloch tossed out Ilya Kovalchuk’s record-breaking deal with the New Jersey Devils. That 17-year, $102-million (all currencies U.S.) deal is similar to Luongo’s 12-year, $64 million contract, and the latter remains under league investigation “with at least the possibility of a subsequent withdrawal of the registration,” Bloch wrote.
The league would have to move quickly to revoke Luongo’s deal – the regular season starts on Oct. 7 – but in that unlikely event, hitting the re-start button could benefit the Canucks in the long-term, particularly if Luongo’s play continues to slip.
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