NHL Rejects Contract for Ilya Kovalchuk and New Jersey Devils

July 20th, 2010 by levinakl Leave a reply »
In what we thought was a saga that was finally over, the NHL added another wrinkle, when it is reported that the $102 million, 17-year contract of Ilya Kovalchuk was rejected by the National Hockey League.  

So, the obvious question that jumps out is, "What happens from here?"  The process calls for two possibilities at this point:

1 - the NHLPA could file a grievance to dispute the rejection.  Ultimately, it would likely be resolved via an arbitrator, or

2 - Kovalchuk and the Devils can attempt to rework the contract.

It seems a bit odd that the NHL would take a stance on this contract, when it appears unlikely it could hold up in court.  After all, the Devils have in their history gone the legal route to attempt to overturn a ruling that appeared unjust that was given out by the NHL. Back in 1988, GM Lou Lamoriello took the NHL to court to give a temporary restraining order to prevent the suspension of Head Coach (at the time) Jim Schoenfeld without a proper hearing.  It was a definite black eye for the league, and something you would think would be avoided at all possible costs, so we will have to sta ...

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