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What's your opinion of Kovalchuk's contract?
Wed, July 21, 2010

The NHL and the NHL Players Association have reached a deal that will see the contract between New Jersey Devils and forward Ilya Kovalchuk approved by the league.

In exchange for that approval, according to a QMI source, the league will get limits on contracts, probably limiting deals that take a player beyond the age of 40.

Read the full story here.


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I bet they'd like to claw that contract back now! A selfish, non team-oriented slug who could care less about winning a cup, despite what he says for the camera, This will ultimately cost Lamoriello his job.
Pragmatic, 2010-10-28 11:23:31

re; contracts. In general most if not all professional sports contracts are illegeal. Think about it, where except for pro sports, can you not negociate a better deal for youself from a buyer of services. Rookie cap, salary cap....? All illegal in the business world, except for pro sports.....why? Collusion, back door waiver wire deals, free agency(restricted or not), is all illegal in the real world. If you have a talent that people are willing to pay for you should, legal, let your services go to the highest bidder. Gary, Bud, the nfl and all pro commishioners know this. Congress turns a blind eye and Canadian parliament also and all levels of government say "oh well" with billions sparkling in their eyes. Pro sports contracts are unique no doubt but also illegal and deserve to test validiaty of the paper they are written on. Non, semi and squashed contracts in pro sports are laughable. However, oh ya however, put your John Hancock on a document and it should be.....everlasting until both Johns decide to renegociate.
KEN SCOTT, 2010-09-04 18:51:26

I guess it's ok with Gary Bettman that a deferred contract helps scrape the remains of a dead franchise off the road ala Wayne and Mario, who had to assume ownership of their respective teams to keep them viable. And now for Gary and his hoard to negate the Kovalchuk contract wreaks of hypocritism and vindictiveness. A contract between a buyer and seller is between them. Gary should but out and worry about other business. Like a T.V. contract that dosen't involve the leafs. The Kovalchuk contract should stand. Two parties negociating in good faith to a resolve. Over.
Ken Scott, 2010-09-04 14:23:53

Someone please tell me what's the difference between this deal and the first one?

Anyway the NHL is run by a bunch of morons. I'm gonna do the same thing I did last year--save my money by supporting local hockey instead.
Bob, 2010-09-03 17:36:51

17 years is more than 16 years so i say hooray for hockey
Gary O., 2010-08-11 12:45:56

The NHL (not negotiations)should implement a Performance Agreement that guarantees that a player requires to meet achievable standards of play based on previous stats(for Forwards it could be goals/assists; for Defence it could be goals against/goals for; Goalies should be Save Percentage.) Failure to meet these would cost the player in $$$. That way a team can sign a player for whatever they want but that player must continuously improve for earning less money. I know players wear out and can't keep up or have off-years but that's just the nature of the beast.
Bosser11, 2010-07-27 15:14:24

Clearly contracts of this nature are nothing but a fraud. And clearly it is unfair and a slap in the face to the other owners who play it straight. But don't blame the NHLPA for playing the game, blame the greety owners over the years for this mess and the inability of the NHL to control it's owners. The NHL made the league a big business driven by greed. Don't blame the players for getting what ever they can from it.
Jimmy, 2010-07-27 12:08:34

Are you kidding me? $102 million for 17 seasons? He'll be lucky if he even makes 10 seasons. Remember Jagr getting 48 million for 4 seasons? remember alexandre daigle getting 12 million for his first NHL contract? people are insane and the ones that are going to pay are you to fans willing to pay $150 for a hockey game you can easily watch on tv. I think some of the players are good and deserve good contracts, but 102 for 17? People are ridiculous if this is considered acceptable...and this is the NHL so you imagine the ones the NHL or NBA players get.
gerry, 2010-07-27 10:28:39

Who really cares about all this crap? It's just another case of spoiled athletes who demand high pay for a "promise" of playing well and insane management teams who pay these stupid "salaries". Where is the concern for the fan who eventually has to pony up the money for these huge mistakes? What the NHL, and most other "professional" leagues, need is a complete fan boycott of all league and playoff games and maybe then they will get their heads on straight. A few more bankrupcies for these millionaire+ idiots wouldn't be bad all around!
HurricaneCanada, 2010-07-27 08:51:20

No sports player is worth $100million. None.

There is only 1 group of people who are to blame for teams wanting to offer these kinds of contracts... that's us, the fans.

We're the ones that will sit back, cheer because our team got a player like this, and we'll bend over and take it without complaint when our team charges an additional $10+ per ticket for the games.

If you're tired of the outrageous cost of going to games, we need to start standing up for ourselves.
Paul, 2010-07-27 07:54:13

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