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DevsFan7545, July 2, 2010
Posted July 19, 2010
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"We sort of thought our soft deadline was September 15th when camp opened." - Jay GrossmanSig worthy!
"We sort of thought our soft deadline was September 15th when camp opened." - Jay Grossman
Before the interview started, the hosts mentioned that the deal hasn't been approved by the league yet. Is there any chance that the deal gets rejected?
Considering they haven't rejected similar deals, I doubt it. Pronger's was ridiculous (and investigated but nothing came of it), DiPietro's was almost as long, Hossa etc etc.
Right at the end Grossman just said Kovy intends to play out the entire contract with the New Jersey Devils, so there's your disclaimer. Intention I think is the entire thing. If Kovy "intends" to play out the entire contract, and we know there are players that have/will play till they're 44, then the NHL can't reject it.
I don't see what the league could do. This contract is against no rules.
for some reason facebook's nhl page says 17 year long deal but i dont believe them
Posted July 19, 2010
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For those at work:
"We thought our soft deadline was sept. 15 when camp opened." (laughs) We didn't expect that it would play out this long. It was a complicated situation. There were numerous options..coming from numerous different options/teams. Kovy's objective was to get all the deals in front of him and then make a decision. Kovy was calm throughout the whole process.
Grossman wouldn't get into how much the contract was for.
He did say however that it was a long contract. Said Ilya felt he was in a unique position. He said it was a motivating experience for Kovy and his experience with the Devils was great - Even though there was a coach change, he loved Lemaire and Lou.
He said, "It served us well to be silent in the process because things could be misconstrued." He said that when he tweeted for the first time that Kovy would decide, he really believed he was about to decide but then Kovy said, "Let's take a step back here."
About NJ Grossman said that NJ remained absolutely steadfast in their interest and their approach remained the same. They were patient and great to deal with. Lou was always able to call at the right time and say the right thing.
He said that the offer from the KHL was seriously considered - it was for a "short term and was for an unbelievable amount of money"
Grossman then mentioned that Kovy wanted to "print his boots into one location" and compared the contract to Sergei Federov's old contract
I heard Parise intends to play until he's 80. Lou's trying to sign him to a 125 million, 53 year contract.
I'm buying a Stanley Cup 2064 patch right now!!!!
It just goes to show...the small things matter in business. Something my dad's been preaching to me for years now.
Also, shows that Lou's the freakin man.
Love how Summer League B-ball is more important to ESPN then this.
Apparently a deal can be rejected if it was made with no intent to see it through to its conclusion. While it's true that this deal should pass muster if Pronger and Hossa's did, it is at least conceivable that the league might want to take a stand against a deal like this eventually.
it's pretty outrageous, but if it gets rejected, they go back to the drawing board and sign a 15 year/101 M deal. hossa's deal takes him up until he's 42 as well.
I'd like to see the league stand up to Lou after not on the other deals.
On the subject of front loaded contracts....Don't hate the player hate the game.
The deal is reportedly worth $102 million in total over 17 seasons. According to Dmitry Chesnokov of PuckDaddy, the contract will pay Kovalchuk $10 million each of the first eight seasons and $7.5 million per season for the next two seasons after that. That would leave $7 million to be spread over the final seven seasons of the deal, which will conclude when Kovalchuk is 44 years old. from nj fire and ice
they could because this one is even more absurd than the ones that have come before.
we'll see. chesnokov has it as really front-loaded, but it could be less than we think.
It's not going to happen as much as they'd probably like to.
Man I say screw the 1st next year with Rolston and trade Salvador. We could set ourselves up for a pretty strong 5 year period.
Parise - Zajac - Langenbrunner
Elias - Arnott - Kovalchuk
Zubrus - Josefson - Clarkson
Davis/Vasyunov - Pelley/Sestito - Zharkov
Volchenkov - Greene
Tallinder - Urbom
White - Corrente/Taormina
Nearly 3.5 million in cap space to play with.
Man I say screw the 1st next year with Rolston and trade Salvador. We could set ourselves up for a pretty strong 5 year period.Parise - Zajac - LangenbrunnerElias - Arnott - KovalchukZubrus - Josefson - ClarksonDavis/Vasyunov - Pelley/Sestito - ZharkovPLLVolchenkov - GreeneTallinder - UrbomWhite - Corrente/TaorminaFraserBrodeuHedbergNearly 3.5 million in cap space to play with.
Tedenby in the minors then?
I've just been in a great mood since I saw that Kovy was back on my lunch break. Is it october yet?
Devils waiting for league approval
The main reason why there apparently have not been more details released on the contract Ilya Kovalchuk agreed to with the Devils earlier today is that it has yet to be approved by the NHL, a source said.
Considering that the league has not voided similar long-term contracts in the past, it would appear unlikely that the it would block Kovalchuk’s contract. Still, because it is a lengthy and apparently complicated deal, the NHL will take a thorough look at it before giving approval.
The Devils will make the official announcement during a news conference at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Prudential Center. As I mentioned earlier, MSG-Plus will not carry the news conference live, but will post it along with interviews on MSG.com later in the day.
Welcome to the ILYA ERA kids! We should be scary good next season....