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July 19th, 2010 by TJ Sanders Leave a reply »
Most hockey fans only need to look at the picture to the right to know exactly what I am going to rant about.

How in the heck does Lou Lamoriello offer this kind of contract to Ilya Kovalchuk?

In case anyone missed the biggest news in the NHL today, Kovalchuk finally made up his mind and re-signed with the Devils today for an absolutely outrageous 17-year contract worth $102 million total, which works out to be a $6 million cap hit per year.

The crime in a seemingly modest cap hit? Take a look at Kovalchuk's salary breakdown per season, as reported by Minnesota Wild beat writer Michael Russo:

2010-2011: $6 million
2011-2012: $6 million
2012-2013: $11.5 million
2013-2014: $11.5 million
2014-2015: $11.5 million
2015-2016: $11.5 million
2016-2017: $11.5 million
2017-2018: $10.5 million
2018-2019: $8.5 million
2019-2020: $6.5 million
2020-2021: $3.5 million
2021-2022: $750,000
2022-2023: $550,000
2023-2024: $550,000
2024-2025: $550,000
2025-2026: $550,000
2026-2027: $550,000

I'll cut off my right arm if Ilya Kovalchuk plays the final six years of his contract.

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