I thought this was a funny title The Day the Devils Told the NHL, 'Circumvent This'
According to several reports, the NHL
warned the Devils on Monday that they were rejecting Kovalchuk's loophole-laden contract and they really might want to re-consider staging a formal announcement.
The Devils brought in a great media crowd to Newark for a Tuesday in mid-July, including players such as Martin Brodeur
, Zach Parise
, Jamie Langenbrunner
and Patrick Elias as well, and held the event anyway.
In other words, if the reports are true, the New Jersey Devils
-- led by Hall of Fame franchise builder and league power broker Lou Lamoriello -- told the NHL, "Circumvent this."