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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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So, coaster thinks, on the basis of one guy, Chelios, that a precedence has been established in Jersey's favour. Not hardly. Those last years at that ridiculously low salary are designed purely to make the smallest impression possible on whatever cap is in place at that time. Period. Do you really think Kovalchuk is going to play in this league for several seasons at an advanced age for THAT kind of money? Get real. The same thing can be said for Hossa in Chicago, although in his case, the last years at least measure in the millions.

This is just Leapin' Lou looking to fiddle with the rules as he did a few years back with that other Russian.
Gary O., 2010-07-21 17:34:59

No player in the NHL today is worth that kind of money! No way, no how! I'd pay that for Ovechkin, Crosby and Malkin combined.
James Bremner, 2010-07-21 17:13:22

Take the average retirement age for all NHL Players and make that the limit that a contract can extend for, for individuals.
Steve, 2010-07-21 16:50:45

The contract is a joke just like the idiots who run the NHL are a joke! No hockey player is worth that kind of money...especially when teams are LOSING MONEY...but to pay this talented scorer but who is a lazy selfish one-way player who has never accomplished anything is as ludicrous as having that clown Buckethead Bettman as Commish.
FRT, 2010-07-21 16:34:46

there all nuts.
tc, 2010-07-21 15:47:56

The NHL does not believe that Kovalchuk will play another 17 years. Granted, chances are not good but it does happen. Who would have thought that in 1989 that Chris Chelios at age 27 would have played in the NHL 20 years later? Looks like New Jersey has precedent on their side as well as the possibility of players playing into their 40's.
Coaster, 2010-07-21 15:12:37

Until the NHL has rules for length of contract, this type of contract should stand. NHL already set precedent on allowing this type of contract. They should change the rules before they start disallowing some contracts and not others.

Maui, good in theory but would never stand. If you don't want mail in games, try re-vamping the points system. Three points for a regulation win and maybe a bonus point for winning by more than two or three goals.
Coaster, 2010-07-21 15:01:35

This is a no-brainer . All contracts $100,000 per year with all encompassing incentives . Boy , there would not be any mail in games then !
MAUI, 2010-07-21 13:56:28

rick, ur comment is one reason and excuse the devils will be able to call on in front of an arbitrator... u cant suddenly uneven the playing field. doesn't help that the two nhl finalists both had players with shady deals.
mike, 2010-07-21 13:44:12

I agree on the league not allowing this contract and definitely could not see one player making a long term commitment for this amount of time especially accepting lower pay in the later stages of his carreer so he can get the bigger salary in the beginning.
TM, 2010-07-21 13:01:12

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