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NHLPA Files Grievance Regarding Kovalchuk Contract

via the NHLPA,

“The NHLPA has filed a grievance disputing the NHL’s rejection of the Standard Player Contract between the New Jersey Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk. Under the terms of the CBA, the NHLPA and Mr. Kovalchuk are entitled to an expedited resolution of this matter. The NHLPA will have no further comment until this matter has been resolved by an Arbitrator.”

added 3:23pm
, from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

The NHL quickly responded with a statement from Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.

“We have received formal notice that the NHLPA is grieving the league’s rejection of Ilya Kovalchuk’s contract with the New Jersey Devils,” Daly said in the statement.  “Although there is no defined timetable at this point, we intend to work with the players’ association to ensure an expeditious resolution of this dispute.  The league looks forward to the opportunity to establish its position before the arbitrator.  We will have no further public comment pending completion of the process.”

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So which is it, the NHLPA doesn’t understand the ramifications of Kovalchuk’s contract for other players, or it has to support Kovalchuk simply by virtue of him being a PA member?  You would think that the PA would be looking out for the best interests of the collective, instead of just one individual.

In the long run (assuming Kovalchuk doesn’t play out the entirety of the contract, not that big a stretch), Kovie’s deal will hurt the players as a whole financially.  MC79 can put it better than I can: http://www.mc79hockey.com/?p=3266

Posted by CoolJ90 on 07/26/10 at 07:18 PM ET

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If I understood that post correctly, Kovalchuk’s contract costs a random HIGHLY PAID ($6.5M) fellow player just about $3,000 in years where there have to be escrow paybacks, since he’d be one of ten players in the league that are part of this problem, right?

Perhaps the NHLPA should spend their time worrying more about why the CBA is set up so that they actually owe escrow back.  Lower the salary floor so teams that can’t afford to spend that much aren’t artificially forced to offer middling guys more money than they’re worth to get up there and nobody loses in escrow payments.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 07/26/10 at 08:07 PM ET


The NHLPA is a joke and Bettman knows it.  These Canadian players always go behind each others backs and undermine the PA.  Chelios and the boys would hold firm and then some guy like Linden would break ranks.  I don’t agree with most of what they want but without solidarity they might as well not have a PA.  Wait until they start undermining Fehr.  He’ll walk away just like the rest of them. That said, the Kovalchuk deal will stand because the league let other similar contracts stand before it.

Posted by 13 user names on 07/27/10 at 01:43 AM ET

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