Around the League #6: Dat Hertl
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07-11-2013, 05:33 PM
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No, it wouldn't be Lou admitting he knew Kovalchuk would do this - why would he say that? He would be saying it's clear to him now that Kovy never intended to fulfill the contract in the first place, so there was no "meeting of the minds" at the beginning and thus no contract, so NHL can't penalize them.
Not a great argument but I can't see any other way they can get their pick back.
I am no law talking guy, but wouldn't the cba specify that only players under contract can play in the NHL? Since Kovalchuk played for them he would have been considered under contract at the time. Any player can retire, for any reason. The fact that it was a player that a team attempted to circumvent the cap in order to sign, before successfully signing, shouldn't make a difference. Should it?
I just don't see any way they can keep their pick, unless the NHL decides to go easy on them. And I am sure their division rivals and the teams with a pick after them would have something to say about that.
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