Kovalchuk to Devils UPD: Arbitrator rules in NHL's favor, Kovy UFA again, Post #701+
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08-08-2010, 09:44 PM
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Actually, the NHL can't modify the deals (contracts) once they have been signed. They may have an infinite amount of time to raise issue with said contracts but they can't simply throw them out entirely.
This is why we are going through the mess that we are now. I would imagine that if the NHL tries to make a rule or amend an existing one that would allow them to throw out a contract that has been in play prior to the next CBA that the NHLPA would take issue.
The last CBA changed the terms of every players' contract. They all got 24% pay cuts. The new CBA can easily require a new way of calculating the salary cap that would screw the Devils over big time if the Kovalchuk deal stands.
For example all the new CBA has to say is that the cap hit of any player signed to play beyond the age of 35 is counted against the team's salary cap for the entire duration of the contract whether the player is playing in the NHL or not. That would spell the end of these ridiculous deals.
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