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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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the salary cap hit should be either the salary for the current season or the average of the remaining years on the contract which ever is higher
richard hinkley, 2010-07-27 00:31:42

With idiotic contracts like this no wonder there is empty seats in most NHL city's. You and I are paying for it and the flow of money in most households has slowed down and these teams are going to go under.At the cost of tickets I will never go to another NHL game.

Bill
Bill, 2010-07-26 21:26:49

It doesn't matter whether he wins the dispute, or not, he, like just about every other sports player, is paid far, far too much for what they do. Management and fans, both, are stupid for supporting these players and the outrageous "salaries" they make.

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

Let the contract stand. But get rid of this retirement clause and leave the team on the hook for the remaining years of the contract at the same cap hit. If the NHL doesn't start reacting to these ridiculous contracts, its only a matter of time before the cap is gone. No cap....no parity. As a fan of one of the richer teams in the league, I'm good either way.
Dale S, 2010-07-26 18:25:26

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

Kovalchuk's contract simply will get reworked to make it acceptable to the NHL. In a way this protects the fans. When they pay their tickets its really nice to have the players on the payroll actually play.
GordC, 2010-07-26 16:34:43

Lack of consistency will mean the NHL loses on this contract, having approved others with the same features. All it would take to tie up this loophole would be to have the cap hit extend to the length of the contract, without the retirement nullification clause. Then NJ would be saddled with this cap hit for a long time, and there would be consequences.
Krakondack, 2010-07-26 15:41:35

It doesn't matter if we believe NJ is trying to get around the Salary Cap. There is nothin written and agreed to in the current CBA that prevents NJ from signing this contract. The NHL is going to take this on the chin and try to adjust the rules pertaining to this issue in the next CBA. The way the league should deal with this type of contract in the next CBA is anything over 5 years in length takes a double cap hit for and remaining years if a player retires before the end of the contract. If his career is ended by injury then that shouldn't be held against the team.

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

Can't understand why a team would want to be committed to one player for this long. Doesn't make any sense. Just look at the DiPietro (sp?) deal on the Island. What a joke.
dave, 2010-07-26 14:39:28

If I were the deep pocketed Rangers, I'd sign the top free agents to 100 year contracts for 100 million, with 90 million due in the first 9 years. The players get their dough, retire and the Rangers get to blow the cap out of the water. This loophole has got to go.
Rick W., 2010-07-26 14:38:35

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