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NHL Rejects Kovalchuk's Contract

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Dare I ask what's next? :unsure:

Please not another 7 week negotiation. I'm sick and tired of hearing about Kovalchuk!

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I wonder how they're differentiating this from the other contracts like it.

No other contract took a player to the age of 44 and no other contract trailed off in later years quite as significantly.

Rejecting this deal was an absolute no brainer to me.

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This is bulls***, if the NHL will not allow contracts like this then they at least need to make the salary cap a soft cap with a luxury tax.

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Good.

If a player signs a contract, before age 35, that has him playing into his 40s, it should count against the cap even if he retires. (Injury exception)

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This is bulls***, if the NHL will not allow contracts like this then they at least need to make the salary cap a soft cap with a luxury tax.

How is it bulls***? How would you really see this different than a 50 year contract that the player gets paid most of the money in the first 10 years?

Easy to say a 50 year contract is absurd, but this contract is just as absurd. You can point to other "similar" contracts, but with those, there is at least a reasonable chance the players will play out the deals. There is a zero chance this contract would be played out. Also, 95% of the cash is paid a little over half way through the contract......just stupid and obvious circumvention.

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The Devils were basically daring the league to stop this deal and lost.

Aside from signing a player until he's 44, this part is pretty ridiculous too:

Kovalchuk was slated to earn $95 million over the first 10 years of the deal and then just $7 million over the last seven seasons.

That's pretty obvious they were trying to reduce the cap hit.

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I find this hilarious. Absolutely hilarious. Lou must be fuming.

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"but Detroit,Vancouver and Chicago did it..."

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The Devils were basically daring the league to stop this deal and lost.

Aside from signing a player until he's 44, this part is pretty ridiculous too:

Kovalchuk was slated to earn $95 million over the first 10 years of the deal and then just $7 million over the last seven seasons.

That's pretty obvious they were trying to reduce the cap hit.

Can't blame NJ for trying.

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I wonder if a new deal will be announced quickly. You have to wonder if NJ might have worked out a couple deals. Try this one and because there was a huge risk of having it not approved, work out another one as well.

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Not really surprising. But I guess this means we're narrowing in on what is considered acceptable.

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Screw the cap and revenue sharing!

Why the hell should the stronger teams like the Wings,Leafs,Habs,Rangers ect. be expected to pay for these hopeless markets like Phoenix and Atlanta? It's not our fault they can't form a decent fanbase.

The league has become watered down with 30 teams. Guys who would have never made the NHL in late 80s/early 90s are now becoming NHL regulars. It's no wonder the quality of the game has suffered. I would not be against eliminating a few teams and going back to a 24 team format.

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Screw the cap and revenue sharing!

Why the hell should the stronger teams like the Wings,Leafs,Habs,Rangers ect. be expected to pay for these hopeless markets like Phoenix and Atlanta? It's not our fault they can't form a decent fanbase.

The league has become watered down with 30 teams. Guys who would have never made the NHL in late 80s/early 90s are now becoming NHL regulars. It's no wonder the quality of the game has suffered. I would not be against eliminating a few teams and going back to a 24 team format.

The average NHL player as a whole has never been better then now. Sports evolve, and you may argue that less teams= less diluted talent, but everyone seems to forget that back even in the 80's the league was over 90% NA.

There is a much bigger pool to draw from today. This is the reason the league has a lot more top guys, but no truly elite guys that stand miles ahead of everyone like Lemueix and Gretzky did. The vast increase in youth leagues/training, as well as far more balanced nutrition and talent pool to draw from has made for far more player parity then you could ever imagine.

You're going to call me insane, but I would honestly be shocked if Boyd Deverauex as he is now would not have been a consistent all-star in the 50s. The conditioning, speed, and overall talent of all the players will continue to improve, its just the natural way a sport grows. Do you really think the quality of game has suffered? If so, I suggest you get your nostalgia glasses off, and watch how easy it was for skill players to dominate in the 80s. Slow-ass defensemen and non-butterfly goaltending... yeah real challenging.

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I wonder if a new deal will be announced quickly. You have to wonder if NJ might have worked out a couple deals. Try this one and because there was a huge risk of having it not approved, work out another one as well.

Jersey can't afford much more of a cap hit - knock 3-5 years off that contract and the average hit will force them out of the running for Kovy. Their highest paid players have NTC and NMC's so shorter term deals are out of the question. They would have had a tough time just clearing the 1.5 to 2 million for him at the 5.8 million cap hit or whatever it was.

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Wasn't a huge fan of this deal, but It bothers me that the league is invalidating this deal by a subjective standard and has not made clear what they see this standard as. Of course the deal violates the so-called "spirit" of the cap, but I don't see how you could say it does so anymore than any of the other deals. If the NHL has a problem with these deals, it should wait for the next cba.

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