Doubtful. Those penalties would probably only be used if it was found out that a team was actively circumventing the cap. Since this contract was never approved, it never took effect, never happened, and I doubt there will be punishment.
The fact that it wasn't approved won't bear on it at all. I doubt anything substantial happens - reworking the contract is the most I would imagine - but a lack of punishment won't be because it wasn't approved. The Devils didn't pull up a step short here. Everything was out of their hands.
If this isn't a joke, and it did get rejected (which I doubt) those wouldn't be the reasons why. This has to be a joke, right? I mean, the trade is kinda lopsided, but the reasons for it are kind of obvious, so I would think they would send it through.
It's not a joke. Gagne is on his way back to Philly. He said Tampa air gives him bad gas.
The language about cap circumvention is pretty vague in the CBA. What constitutes is can be anything, so long as the league can prove that the intention was to subvert the intention of the rules in some way. I think if it goes before an arbitrator, they're going to have a very easy case, and the Devils are going to have a difficult time explaining the structure of that contract. Their best bet would to try and claim that the extreme front loading is to avoid inflation (i.e. the more Kovalchuk gets payed up front, the more he can invest right away and not have a lot of the value of his contract shrink due to inflation). That's a tough sell.
Yeah, it's up to the league's discretion to decide what's cap circumvention and what's not. It's also up to them to decide whether a player can fulfill his contract.
Well I smiled for the first time since yesterdays ass ******. So thanks for that Buttman.
Glad to hear the Dweebs are getting some, seems they'll have to shed some more salary if they expect to keep Parise next summer!!! AHAHAHAHAHA, that's what so great about this, NJ is going to have to rework and shorten the deal, thereby raising the cap hit and causing some problems for them. HA!
Yeah, I don't see how any knowledgeable, reasonable NHL fan can be against the NHL on this one. The Kovalchuk deal was blatantly and severely worse then any contract before it. Any.
The NHL is perfectly within it's rights to nix this deal and I agree with them.
I don't disagree that Lou & Co. tried to pull a fast one. My issue is that there are no guidelines covering what is and is not acceptable.
My guess is that they'll lop off the last couple of years of the deal, bringing the cap hit to around $6.5 - still a good deal for Kovalchuk. The Devils aren't going to lose Kovy. It's just going to cost them a little more.