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by Paul on 08/09/10 at 07:14 PM ET
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.”
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.
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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