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#6941 Triumph

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 10:41 AM

the one thing i hate about this is: if they don't file the grievance, he's a UFA again, if they do but lose the arbitration, he's a UFA again. There's nothing there short of an arbitration win that lets us hold on to him without another team possibly then trying to sign him or him heading to the KHL, even though this all still does seem to be a Bettman loss in the end, just sucks there's that possibility Kovy could end up somewhere else...


kovalchuk could sign with the KHL at any time, so this process doesn't stop anything. i also don't think there's very much to worry about with another team signing him, the devils' offer blew any other non-russian offer out of the water.
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Posted 26 July 2010 - 10:47 AM

Nothing new, really, but this is Michael Farber's (SI's excellent hockey writer) take.

If you happen to be Devils president Lou Lamoriello, you would have to like your chances if the PA takes the contract to arbitration.

Like a lenient parent, the NHL's previous tolerance for cap manipulation has moved, in a perfectly logical and possibly legal direction, to the Kovalchuk deal. The league had a chance to take a stand against Roberto Luongo's contract with the Canucks. (His 12-year extension, which expires in 2021-22, pays him $1 million each in the final two seasons, when he is 41 and 42. He makes $10 million this season.) The league could have bridled at Pronger's deal with the Flyers, which drops to $525,000 the final two years before he qualifies for unrestricted free agency in 2017-18, just prior to his 43rd birthday. Marian Hossa's deal in Chicago, $7.9 million now but $750,000 the last two years when theoretically he retires after the 2020-21 season at age 42, was even more of a stretch given the position he plays, but the NHL considered these deals merely pushing the envelope but not quite overstuffing it.

The other teams were doing 74 in a 65 mile-per-hour zone, but when the Devils did 76, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly turned on his siren and flashed his red light.

If there is not quite precedent for the Kovalchuk signing, there has been enough erosion of principles that probably places Lamoriello on the right side of the issue. This was not a 40-year deal that was going to take Kovalchuk into rarefied Gordie Howe territory, but a nudge-nudge, wink-wink deal that made an elite goal-scoring winner available at the low cap hit of $6 million annually until his presumed retirement at an age when he practically will start wanting his dinner by 4:30.


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Posted 26 July 2010 - 10:56 AM

This whole situation is just too annoying. And we all know by now that it's probably going to drag into mid-august at least.
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Posted 26 July 2010 - 11:09 AM

Yeah -- what he said(DiG's Farber link) I had a whole cookie jar analogy I was going to get into in the other thread but stopped myself! Whew.

Also I am stating here -- Daniel we ALL understand there is always a chance the Devils will lose if this goes to arbitration. When one person judges something the chances are always 50/50. If they lose you cannot say "As unhappy as I am, I TOLD you all there was a very real chance this would happen" We all KNOW that and always have. When the point is not made in every post it doesn't mean we need you to remind us. It doesn't mean we've missed something you've seen. No amount of speculation has merit if the decision isn't up to us. This whole board is pointless if you want to look at things that way. Fact of the matter is if the arbiter hates SCott Stevens, he's going to rule against the Devils :evil:

Edited by Pepperkorn, 26 July 2010 - 11:09 AM.

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 11:14 AM

His right eye looks wonky.

(My right. Not stage right.)



Mine is too - just not so bad as his

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 11:28 AM

In a few hours, the search for an arbitrator begins...
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Posted 26 July 2010 - 12:06 PM

Some guy wrote on the New Jersey Devils Facebook page that some announcement is suppose to happen at 5pm today.
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Posted 26 July 2010 - 12:10 PM

I wish they'd just restructure the contract to get it through. Kovalchuk for anything under 7 is still a steal when you've got players like Koivu and Redden making close to that much.
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Posted 26 July 2010 - 12:26 PM

Per Tg Retweeting Daren Dreger


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NHLPA just filed grievance on Kovalchuk contract rejection. 1 minute ago via UberTwit

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 12:26 PM

Dreger reports NHLPA files grievance.
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Posted 26 July 2010 - 12:27 PM

Dreger reports NHLPA files grievance.


beat me to it. Oh well here we go...
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Posted 26 July 2010 - 12:28 PM

per Darren Dreger:

NHLPA has filed a grievance on the Kovalchuk contract regection

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 12:30 PM

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NHLPA just filed grievance on Kovalchuk contract rejection.

I know everyone is saying months, but I really hope we can speed up this process somehow and have resolution within 2 weeks.
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Posted 26 July 2010 - 12:31 PM

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 12:34 PM

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 12:35 PM

over under on a month before they agree on an arbitrator?
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Posted 26 July 2010 - 12:37 PM

Hopefully picking the arbitrator will go pretty quickly. It shouldn't take that long, but who knows.
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Posted 26 July 2010 - 12:37 PM

SB Nation just posted

wow, only like 10 mins after the tweet, everyone's coming out of the woodwork with the story. quick google search saw nbc sports had a story, espn, tsn. it's big news

Edited by Legion15, 26 July 2010 - 12:39 PM.

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 12:39 PM

Here comes the Roller coaster ride again named Kovy, Go get em!! Make Buttman Sore!!!

so did fire and Ice
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Edited by Devs1965, 26 July 2010 - 12:38 PM.

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 12:46 PM

Hey you guys!! DarrenDreg... :unsure:

nevermind :evil:
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