Arbitrator has deemed the Devils unworthy.

By , August 9, 2010 4:06 pm

Merely a flesh wound...

Well, well, well…

With previous contracts setting precedence, I did not expect the NHL to win out on the blocking of Kovalchuk’s contract with the New Jersey Devils, but an arbitrator has ruled in their favor. Back to the drawing board for the Devils and Kovy, and perhaps the Kings will take another stab at the talented winger.

Great result in my opinion, but I am surprised. Things will surely be more black and white in the next CBA. Well, one would hope.

Update:
The Edmonton Sun is reporting that 4 more contracts are now under review after a ruling that favored the NHL. Those newly named are Luongo, Hossa, Pronger, and Savard.

http://www.edmontonsun.com/sports/hockey/2010/08/10/14975996.html

20 Responses to “Arbitrator has deemed the Devils unworthy.”

  1. chucker says:

    Well awesome first off!!

    Now let the conspiracy theories fly. The rumours were that Lou was forced by management to get this deal presented to Kovie and he knew it would not get approved…..ALLEGEDLY (?sp)

    So does LA sign him for less or does he now go to the KHL? Interesting. I wonder if he signs with the Devils now as well.

    The good thing is this gives us something to discuss over the next week. lol

  2. Trogdor says:

    Well, something should happen soon since the season isn’t too far off. I imagine the Devils will try to work something out that everyone is agreeeable on, but who knows.

    I was reading an article earlier about Burke holding off on Kaberle deals until this was sorted out, but Kaberle’s NTC kicks in pretty soon, so if he’s being moved, it will have to be before then.

  3. gr8one says:

    I’m just tired of hearing about it tbh, I can’t wait until it’s over and don’t really care who he plays for.

    I’m more interested in seeing how the 4 teams that are currently over the cap(Chi/Bos/Van/Cal) and the other four that have less than 1m in cap space alter their rosters. Which, by the way….does anyone know by which date teams must be cap compliant by??

    and ahh yes, the Kaberle saga should be sorted out soon too, which I think just might be the domino holding things up like a Souray trade and Vancouver figuring out their situation of having too many D and being over the cap.

  4. Ktown says:

    Great news for the NHL…

    I wasn’t as surprised by this as you, Chucker. I think this deal took the barely-approved pieces of the Hossa deal and ran roughshod over them.

    Don’t get me wrong, the Hossa deal should have been ditched, too, but New Jersey really took what was “accepted” and nth degree’d them.

    I think the biggest thing for the arbitrator (from a sheer clause and loophole factor) is that the CBA – while not specifically prohibiting contracts like these – doesn’t prohibit the NHL’s rights to impose arbitrary limits.

    In any event, no matter how he came to it, I think the arbitrator made the right call.

  5. chucker says:

    gr8one: I’m just tired of hearing about it tbh, I can’t wait until it’s over and don’t really care who he plays for.I’m more interested in seeing how the 4 teams that are currently over the cap(Chi/Bos/Van/Cal) and the other four that have less than 1m in cap space alter their rosters. Which, by the way….does anyone know by which date teams must be cap compliant by??and ahh yes, the Kaberle saga should be sorted out soon too, which I think just might be the domino holding things up like a Souray trade and Vancouver figuring out their situation of having too many D and being over the cap.

    Yeah, it would be nice to see Kaberle sorted out as I believe what you said is correct. i.e. That Souray is a going to be secondary to Kaberle’s deal/non-deal.

    I don’t really give a crap about Kovie either, but at least it’s news that’s interesting in terms of the cap and how it effects those teams out there that are close.

    I think there will be lots of guys on waivers coming out of camps that could potentially help the Oilers simply because of the number of teams so close to the cap. If I were Tambi I’d try not to add any more contracts and shed Souray’s for another single player if possible. We’re at 47. Lots of wiggle room so far.

  6. Mr.Majestyk says:

    Glad the arbitrator used some common sense and ruled in favour of the NHL. If you think about how the whole deal has been discussed by fans, media and pretty much everyone…its just common knowledge that the deal was stretched out with all those minimum salary years tacked on at the end so that they could circumvent the cap.

    If Kovy really intended on playing for 17 years, they could just restructure the contract to pay him 6 million per season for 17 seasons. Same cap hit, same amount of money he’ll be earning. Problem solved right?

  7. Bostonoiler says:

    Good. With this contract being rejected, it should put an end to all of these horrible deals. I just hope Kovy finds a team soon so we don’t have to hear about it anymore. As Gr8one said, I’m more interested in seeing how teams over the cap right now get under, oh and when we sign Gagner (Its gotta be coming soon right??)

  8. NorwegianOiler says:

    It was the right decision, and in my opinion it should apply retroactively to a series of contracts such as the one Hossa signed.

  9. Trogdor says:

    You may get your wish on that one. I’ve added an update to the article above and a link to a Sun article that talks about 4 other contracts being reviewed by the league.

  10. NorwegianOiler says:

    Well, I’d say that’s a good start! I expect them to remain contracted, however, because of the duration since the contracts have been signed. Were they to be voided now it would strip the respective teams their chances to replace or rectify the situation. Still a strong signal that the league will have no more of this contract-bull* which is refreshing.

  11. LateNightOilFan says:

    NorwegianOiler: It was the right decision, and in my opinion it should apply retroactively to a series of contracts such as the one Hossa signed.

    It’s been confirmed by Gillis that the league is re-visiting Luongo’s deal and as mentioned by Bloch they may also be looking at the Hossa, Pronger & Savard contracts. No mention of Zetterberg & Franzen.

    http://www.torontosun.com/sports/hockey/2010/08/10/14975936.html

    Edit – I see Trogdor beat me to it!

  12. chucker says:

    Ktown: Great news for the NHL…I wasn’t as surprised by this as you, Chucker. I think this deal took the barely-approved pieces of the Hossa deal and ran roughshod over them.Don’t get me wrong, the Hossa deal should have been ditched, too, but New Jersey really took what was “accepted” and nth degree’d them.I think the biggest thing for the arbitrator (from a sheer clause and loophole factor) is that the CBA – while not specifically prohibiting contracts like these – doesn’t prohibit the NHL’s rights to impose arbitrary limits.In any event, no matter how he came to it, I think the arbitrator made the right call.

    I do too, it was just that to me, the NHL already approved similar contracts. I hated them as well, but I thought perhaps a precident had been set. Good decision though.

    Also, the league is now looking at all of those contracts we were talking about: http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL/2010/08/10/14975886.html

  13. mrgod2u says:

    I am glad they threw out that contract… Sad that the summer of Kovalchuk drags on… (Now I know how flames fans must have felt watching Heatley-gate).

    I am more interested in the ramifications of the other contracts under review. What, if any, ramifications will there be to said review. Can the league then nullify those contracts… Do the players then have to renegotiate? Or would there be penalties imposed. The only thing I can think that makes sense is to have the contract shortened and the cap hit adjusted going forward to put the contract in real numbers…

    Other than just giving them a stern warning I can’t see anyway that they could do anything without majorly affecting the current and future signings for those clubs…

    On the flip side if they are circumventing the cap then they have an unfair advantage over teams that are not violating the spirit of the deal… I mean it isn’t like Chicago’s cap wrangling allowed them to field a team that won the Stanley or anything…

  14. victoriaoilerfan says:

    As far as the league investigating other contracts I think this is a bit of postureing on Bettmen’s part. The can’t void existing signed and appproved contracts IMO. The NLPA would revolt, as well they should. It’s to late to void those deals. The horse is out of the barn crapped in the dressing room and left the rink.
    But what I think the league is doing is revisiting those deals to research and set up guidelines for the next CBA.
    As far as Kovie is concerned I would love him to go back to Siberia and freeze there. He is a tiresome spoled overrated overpaid baby IMO.
    Besides I don’t like him.

  15. Ktown says:

    As much as all this drama has been dragging on, I think it’s about to get VERY interesting with the league looking at these other contracts.

    I think I read that Luongo’s contract doesn’t kick in until this season (anybody confirm?), so he hasn’t played Day 1 of that deal. That could open the door for the league to backtrack on his deal as well. The other guys (Hossa, Pronger, Savard) have already started…

    This is going to get ugly before it gets resolved, that’s for sure. Anybody know what TSN is planning to promote when hockey is locked out again? They did wonders for Poker Tournaments last time…

    mrgod2u: not only Hossa and the Hawks winning, but Pronger was a significant piece in the Flyers getting there too… What would be the fines/penalties if these contracts get quashed? Personally, I don’t think there’s too much the league can do in hindsight on Pronger, Hossa and Savard, but the ‘Nucks might have to re-do Bobby Lou’s…

  16. LateNightOilFan says:

    Ktown – you’re right about Luongo’s deal – it’s 12 years starting this coming season.

    http://www.capgeek.com/players/display.php?id=683

    Also, Savard’s & Pronger’s start this coming season too:

    http://www.capgeek.com/players/display.php?id=212

    http://www.capgeek.com/players/display.php?id=316

    Hossa is the only one who has played under the contract in question.

  17. neufab says:

    Ah yes, Monty Python… okay self, stop laughing and calm down the flash-backs.

    I would like to see how these teams would restructure should they be forced to renegotiate those contracts. Kinda makes me smile:) Not that it’ll happen though. In any event this is a smart political move by Gary Betman. I don’t blame GM’s for trying to pull it off, but anyone can see that the odds of these contracts running their course are slim. Not my thought, but what happens when the league minimum $$$ is above the amount that the final years are contracted?

  18. chucker says:

    http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL/Toronto/2010/08/19/15081591.html

    Look half way down. The league has hired a third party arbitrator to investigate the contracts mentioned in the Kovalchuk ruling. Could get ugly.

  19. Racki says:

    If they toss Pronger’s contract, I’ll be pissed.. lol

  20. chucker says:

    Yeah, I’d like to see that one count as well.

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