NHL to Lamoriello: Kovalchuk's Contract Smells Like Hot Garbage

The NHL has voided the ridiculous salary cap circumventing seventeen year contract of Ilya Kovalchuk.

NHL players that are not Ilya Kovalchuk rejoice. (quietly)

NEWARK, NJ - JULY 20: Ilya Kovalchuk of the New Jersey Devils speaks with the media after announcing his contract renewal at the Prudential Center on July 20, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Ilya Kovalchuk talking about what it feels like to be 102 million richer 100 million richer somebody.

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In a move that’s unprecedented as far as I can remember, the NHL has struck down the abso-ludicrous 17 year $102M contract that Ilya Kovalchuk agreed to yesterday with the New Jersey Devils.   The reason behind the iron fist?  “Violating salary cap rules”.

I’m on the fence here with the NHL coming down on Lou Lamoriello and the New Jersey Devils – if I were the Devils, I’d certainly be a bit upset about a ruling like this, but it’s completely obvious as to what was up his sleeve.  I doubt highly that Kovalchuk would be at all interested in playing for $550K in thirteen years when he pulled in twenty times that just two years prior. Especially at age 39-40.

Quisp over at Jewels From The Crown (an LA Kings page) illustrates a fantastic point about cap circumvention and its prohibition in the CBA.  Fantastic work.

Let the Kovalchuk train continue to roll.  It’s open season once again.

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