Thread: Confirmed with Link: Kovalchuk Deal Rejected
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07-21-2010, 01:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Garbage Goal View Post
From what I understand, and this makes perfect sense to me, they don't need "proof". Not in the traditional sense.

This isn't a court hearing or like an episode of CSI. They don't need physical proof (this is all impossible to "prove" anyway). They don't need to make the arbitrator believe that Kovalchuk wouldn't play out the contract without a shadow of the doubt.

The NHL just needs to make a smart argument that's more appealing then the Devils'. It's an arbitrator.

Here's an interesting fact and it's pretty damning for Kovalchuk:

Since 1917 Doug Harvey and Howe are the only players to retire after 44 years of age.

That's a quote from the main board, so I believe Chelios should also be on that list. So two or three players in the history of the NHL.
I know it doesn't actually matter for the sake of the argument since it is still a small number but, apparently 8 players have played up to or beyond age 44.

Chelios, Howe, Harvey, Moe Roberts, Gump Worsley, Johnny Bower, Tim Horton, and Jacques Plante.

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