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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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Prediction: 18 years, $102M

Posted by Garth on 08/09/10 at 10:22 PM ET

Paul From Cali's avatar

Cute Garth.  Sure, the Devils are trying to sign him again.  But the problem is they won’t have the room under the cap to sign him to a legal deal, unless someone (Parise) gets traded.

Posted by Paul From Cali on 08/09/10 at 11:41 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Ive said all along, I’m pretty sure Lou “signed” him knowing all along it wouldn’t fly, and in fact counting on it.  So he could go to ownership and to fans and say “See?!  I tried to keep Kovalchuk!”.

Lou now has a built-in excuse for the season should things go downhill for the Devils (which it appears it still might).  And it’s not even camp yet.

Posted by Primis on 08/10/10 at 12:37 AM ET

pjwalny's avatar

I hope to God that the Devils are able to re-sign Ilya. I just dont want him in the west.  I really think LA or Anaheim would be a lot better with his services.

Posted by pjwalny from Not Detroit, evidently?? on 08/13/10 at 12:28 AM ET

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