Long-term gains a pain?

Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo could have his contract voided, according to a report. (QMI...

Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo could have his contract voided, according to a report. (QMI Agency/Carmine Marinelli)

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, Last Updated: 2:39 PM ET

The NHL has more than Ilya Kovalchuk's revised contract in its sights.

As part of the league's two-day extension of their review of the 15-year, $100-million deal with the New Jersey Devils for the Russian sniper, the New York Post is reporting that the NHL has given the NHL Players' Association an ultimatum on two other long-term contracts.

The league reportedly will allow Kovalchuk's contract and grandfather Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo's 12-year, $64-million deal and Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa's 12-year, $63.3-million contract if the NHLPA approves the following tweaks to the current Collective Bargaining Agreement:

  • the cap hit would only be calculated on the average of the salary up through age 40 only;
  • future contracts longer than five years will see the cap hit given additional weight to the five years with the highest salary.

    The NHLPA has been given until Friday at 5 p.m. to allow these conditions. If the conditions are not met by the union, the NHL will reject the Kovalchuk contract, Luongo's deal will be voided and an investigation will be launched into Hossa's contract.

    The Post also reports that the NHL has accepted Chris Pronger's seven-year, $34.45-million contract with the Flyers, which the defenceman will earn $1.05 million over the final two years, while centre Marc Savard's seven-year, $28.05-million deal with the Bruins is still unclear.

    However, the Bergen Record is reporting that there was no ultimatum given by the NHL to the union, only that both sides are negotiating up until the Friday deadline.


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