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07-11-2010, 12:16 AM
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http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/range...DPV738R5bJ1RvK

It's about Kovalchuk, but very relevant.

Kovalchuk is apparently likely to make his decision in the next 48-72 hours.

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Impeccable sources have told The Post that the Devils have a contract offer on the table to Kovalchuk for 17 years at more than $100 million, and front-loaded so that Kovalchuk would collect $100 million over the first 10 years of the deal. Yet the winger, who recorded 27 points (10-27) as a Devils' rental while enjoying his experience in New Jersey, hasn't accepted it.

At the same time, though Los Angeles offers the glitter Kovalchuk understandably craves plus the opportunity to compete for the Stanley Cup, the Kings' latest offer of 12 years at $63.6 million as first reported by The Post on Twitter on Wednesday night, isn't going to get it done.
So, if we're still moving Gagne and not any one or combination of Hartnell, Carle, Carter, and Briere, we will soon know who will be the losers in the Kovalchuk war.

The ridiculous amount of money being thrown at Kovalchuk bodes well for us as well, but be warned: if we're going to make any dangerous "cap circumvention contracts," we better get them done before the next CBA. I have a feeling these frontloaded disasters are going to be going the way of the dinosaur soon enough.

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