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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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Gordie says "Chicago built a cup winner with talent not money."

Hossa - $5,275,000 to 2017/18); Kane $6,300,000; Toews - $6,300,000; Campbell - $7,142,875 to 2015/16; Keith - $5,538,462 to 21017/18; Huet - $5,625,000.

And that ain't hay. In fact, the $35.75 million spent on those 6 guys represents a higher chunk of the total cap available of most - if not all - the teams in the league. THAT'S why they're dismantling a portion of the team. Guys like Campbell and Huet are untradeable, and I suspect the same applies to Hossa.
Gary O., 2010-07-25 10:45:52

All the nhl would have do is alter the 35+ rule to include any one who plays to and beyond the age of 35.So if Kovalchuk was to retire at the age of 37 then NJ would have to carry the 6 mil a year for another 7 years.


Andy, 2010-07-23 02:26:55

Good on the league to stop the cheaters... they should have done it sooner.

The problem to addressing this scenario is coming up with a standard to follow in determining how long a player is going to play. Some guys retire before 40, some play long after they should have retired.
bob, 2010-07-22 11:18:00

Rather than a salary cap, the little dictator should have imposed an idiot cap for management.

Chicago built a cup winner with talent not money, and before the parade was over was dismembering their team. For what? So Atlanta, Calgary and Edmonton could suck again next year??

They need management not hand-me-downs.

Don't even get me started on Toronto...
Gordie, 2010-07-22 10:46:24

Well put Harro. The NHL has dug a hole for themselves letting the other contracts pass. They should have fixed it before applying the same rules to reject a similar contract. Gary O, I also see what you are saying but players can potentially play that long.

This is a problem with the salary cap system. As far as circumventing the Cap system, the term front end loaded contract says it all. Make sure the player gets the money they want early on and the teams gets a minimal cap hit. This is not the first contract like this although it may be more extreme than the others. I just don't see how the league can justify voiding it. They should allow it and amend the CBA to address terms front end loaded contracts and cap hits.
Coaster, 2010-07-22 09:55:06

As far as I'm concerned every players salary in the NHL or pro sports for that matter should be devided by 10 and that should be the max they get. They are all extremely over-paid. IF the Owners of pro sports have so much money they should be taxed up to the hill and use that money to pay our police and firemen Doctors and medics and our sholders who protect us and save lives. Not to people who go out there and act like goons and try to mame each other.
Pops-one, 2010-07-21 20:54:35

Hey if the CBA allows it then it is fine and the NHL can deal with the mess THEY created!
Bern, 2010-07-21 19:41:33

What ever happened playing for the love of the game not how much more money you are going to make more then the other might.
Bob, 2010-07-21 19:17:58

Its just another episode of the loud mouths from Providence U (Lamorello-Burke-Wilson)OMG they're all

American--thinking that they are smarter than anyone else. What a bunch of clowns !
terry, 2010-07-21 18:52:37

The NHL should have closed the loophole when it first began. The contract length for the deals Kiprusoff, Zetterberg, Franzen, Hossa and Luongo signed may be "reasonable" - but it's no less obvious that extra years were added on to circumvent the salary cap hit, such as with Kovalchuk's deal.

On top of that, while signing a 27-year-old until he's 44 is a ridiculous notion, players like Howe and Chelios proved it can be done. Given that, who is the NHL to say Kovalchuk won't play that long?

Don't get me wrong, I agree with the NHL's decision to reject Kovalchuk's contract. All I'm saying is that there's no way for the league to save face in this situation. They dug their own hole, but at least they're showing signs of trying to climb out of it.

The solution to these "retirement contracts" is simple - cap the length of contracts to, say, 5 years. That, combined with the current age 35+ rule (teams who sign players 35 or over suffer said player's cap hit for the full term of the contract whether that player retires or not), will force teams to pay players what they're truly worth and the cap hit will reflect that.
harro, 2010-07-21 18:44:37

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