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.
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Bill, 2010-07-26 21:26:49
Though sports players these days seem to be, in many cases, far better educated than they have been in the past, there are many out there who couldn't hold an intellectual conversation with a stove pipe. How can there be any justification that allows for them to make millions of dollars a year playing a sport?!!
They swing a bat and hit a ball; they shoot a hard rubber disk at another player in a net; the shoot a ball into a basket; they throw and catch a pointy-ended melon, and that deserves $5 - $7 - $10 million dollars a year. No. Nobody, I mean nobody is worth that kind of money regardless of what they do. People who may come close to being worth those kinds of dollars are those who make a difference in people's lives such as neurosurgeons and cardiologists.
The owners, management and fans pay out far too much to watch sports players playing a game for money, rather than playing the love of the game and that's what's missing. There is no love of the game any more... it's simply become a love of the money.
Kevlar, 2010-07-26 21:23:40
It's hard to see how the NHL can successfully reject this contract when they have approved several others that are not significantly different. If they wanted to nip this in the bud, they needed to do so years earlier. To those who suggest the contract can be reworked to be acceptable to the NHL, I'm sure that's true. However, the same deal with a 15 year term is no better in any way that matters.
John Bladen, 2010-07-26 17:17:02
Gordie - check your figures before you state that Chicago built a Stanley Cup team on talent and not salary. If that were true then Chicago wouldn't be dismantling their team because they are WAY over the Salary Cap for the coming year! How can you not understand that?
cappthook, 2010-07-26 14:44:28