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07-20-2010, 09:44 PM
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W/e will just make the off-season go faster lol. yay court time.

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I can confirm, via a source, that Kovalchuk contract has been rejected 2 minutes ago via web

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The league is starting to piss me off.

Now they are subjectively selecting which deals can circumvent the cap?
Yeah, if the league was going to nix deals they should have started with the half dozen previous deals that do exactly what this deal does. Lou is going to nail them to the wall.

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I'm sure everything will iron out nice and smooth in the end

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The Pronger deal isn't an example of cap circumvention because it's a 35+ contract. Even if it wasn't a 35+ contract it's still nowhere near as bad as Hossa or Kovalchuk's deals.

I'm guessing the NHL nixed this because Kovalchuk's deal was far more blatant and severe cap circumvention then any other deal that's happened before. Kovalchuk would also be 44 by the end of the deal, that's a lot more unrealistic then 42 (which is when Hossa's deal ends).

I'm sure that if Lou can figure out how to lower the deal by a couple of years and still maintain a similar deal then the NHL will accept it.

It's really odd that the NHL has a "Kovalchuk a Devil for life" article on nhl.com though.

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I'm sure everything will iron out nice and smooth in the end
Wonder if a team can demand compensation from the league...

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Well, if we lose Kovalchuk I can safely say I will never spend a dime on this league ever again. And that is a fact.

Why would they let all this happen today only to nix it tonight?

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The league picked the wrong battle to fight. Morons.

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Kings fan with some sour grapes but I think this is really lame. Seems to follow all of the rules and you guys are being made an example of. If true, you guys are gonna end up making Bettman look like a jackass.

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Vinny Lecavalier's contract has a tail that dips. Considerably. 7 minutes ago via web

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How can the first few years be too frontloaded? They follow the CBA's strict guidelines.

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Why would they let all this happen today only to nix it tonight?
They didn't let it happen. It was never made official.

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HOW can they let the Devils go along with a press conference like that and then DENY the deal AFTER the fact? this is BS

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Well, if we lose Kovalchuk I can safely say I will never spend a dime on this league ever again. And that is a fact.

Why would they let all this happen today only to nix it tonight?
This.

If we lose Kovy, I am done with this league and I will cry myself to sleep tonight.

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The Devils aren't going to sue the league. I doubt that they are even permitted to do so. Even if they were, the backroom payback for that type of embarrassment would be enormous.
the rangers certainly sued the league. can't see why the devils can't especially because of the other contracts that others have mentioned.. going to be an interesting few days

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I think this is Bettman trying to save face by shortening the contract a bit.

This is not how you conduct business though, you dont **** all over a team after they have the presser.

Bizzaro world

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This will be an absolute PR nightmare for the league if he goes elsewhere now.

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$10M to $1M in the span of five seasons.

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I got 5 names to say that make this rejection stupid

Chelios
Recchi
Hossa
Pronger
Zetterberg

Bettman had best rectify this pronto or at the very LEAST - just require some of that fat money in the middle years get moved to the latter... but the contract follows the rules in the CBA - how can it be rejected at all?

Dumb move Gary... dumb move.

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This just means the FIRE BETTMAN chant will be much louder in June when he is presenting us the Cup. We will keep Kovy.

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I hope Lou is a bit more vocal to the press about this.

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Oh Kovy, Oh Kovy..please don't go.

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I got 5 names to say that make this rejection stupid

Chelios
Recchi
Hossa
Pronger
Zetterberg

Bettman had best rectify this pronto or at the very LEAST - just require some of that fat money in the middle years get moved to the latter... but the contract follows the rules in the CBA - how can it be rejected at all?

Dumb move Gary... dumb move.
How can you compare this to Zetterberg's contract?

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