Thread: Confirmed with Link: Kovalchuk Deal Rejected
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07-20-2010, 10:13 PM
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Originally Posted by CharlieGirl View Post
Agreed. There is no rule, no guideline, so Bettman & Co. are making **** up as they go along.

The contract is quite shocking, but how can anyone prove that Kovy won't play until he's 44 years of age? Especially when there is nothing preventing him from doing so, save for possible injury or desire.
The only thing I can think of is the part about creating a contract in good faith. How many forwards are playing today in their mid 40's? And how does the way the salary is spread out render the cap hit?

I'm not a law student, but the good faith part of the rules governing contracts is probably where the NHL derives this power.

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