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July 31, 2010
Arbitrator picked for Ilya case
The unnamed arbitrator is in place, the undisclosed date and site set for what looms as a major crossroads moment in the Devils' future and fortunes. The just-selected systems arbitrator will hear, probably early next week, the NHL Players Association's appeal of the league's rejection of Ilya Kovalchuk...
July 30, 2010
Arbitrator in place, Kovalchuk decision next week
The unnamed arbitrator is in place, the undisclosed date and site set for what looms as a major crossroads in the Devils' future and fortunes. The just-selected systems arbitrator will hear, probably early next week, NHL Players Association's appeal of the NHL's rejection of Ilya Kovalchuk's $102...
July 29, 2010
Devils sign Fraser
With an interested party saying the sides have made progress toward selecting an arbitrator for the Ilya Kovalchuk case, the Devils have through tomorrow to take advantage of their special window to buy out players and make salary-cap room should Kovalchuk's rejected contract be ruled valid by that yet-to-be...
July 27, 2010
Union grievance in Ilya contract case
The NHL hopes the new arbitrator turns out to be H.G. Wells, packing his time machine. It'd like to turn the calendar back to July 1. The Ilya Kovalchuk Saga opened yet another chapter with yesterday's grievance filing by the Players Association. The NHLPA claims the NHL...
July 26, 2010
NHLPA files grievance to reinstate Kovalchuk deal
The NHL Players Association today filed its anticipated grievance against the NHL, seeking to reinstate Devils' $102 million, 17-year contract with Ilya Kovalchuk rejected by the league last Tuesday. The case is supposed to be resolved in 48 hours, but is likely to take longer because the sides must first...
Union set to defend Ilya deal
Today is the deadline for the NHL Players Association's expected filing of a grievance that would seek to reinstate the Devils' $102 million, 17-year contract with Ilya Kovalchuk. The NHL rejected the contract last Tuesday, claiming it circumvents the CBA's salary cap regulations. If the Players Association files...
July 25, 2010
NHL could fine Devs for Ilya deal
The Devils might have five million reasons to worry about the Players Association's expected filing for arbitration of Ilya Kovalchuk's rejected contract. A league source said the NHL is not threatening, but also not dismissing the possibility that the Devils might be liable for a fine of at...
Bettman’s Kovalchuk prosecution merely a temper tantrum
First, know this about Gary Bettman and his capricious prosecution of circumvention against the Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk — it’s personal with the commissioner, the way it was personal when he and the Board of Governors canceled a season in order to get rid of Bob Goodenow. It’s personal...
July 23, 2010
Union preparing case to defend Ilya deal
It appears the NHL is not going to get its wish for a contract revision when it declared Ilya Kovalchuk's deal with the Devils to be too much and too long. It is believed the Players Association and Ilya Kovalchuk are preparing the "legal case" that would most likely...
July 22, 2010
Had clues deal would be nixed
It was just a sham, a show, and the Devils' credibility has taken another hit. The Devils weren't officially notified of the rejection of Ilya Kovalchuk's contract until Tuesday night, but a high source told The Post yesterday that the NHL had contacted the Devils -- before Tuesday...
July 21, 2010
NHL, union headed for arbitration over Kovalcuk's contract
If the NHL wanted a battle, it is likely to get one with the Players Association over its rejection of the Devils' $102 million, 17-year contract with Ilya Kovalchuk. For the first time under the current CBA, the NHL and PA are expected to go to arbitration over a rejected...
Union may stick up for 17-year contract
If the NHL wants a battle, it is likely to get one with the Players Association over the league's rejection of the Devils' $102 million, 17-year contract with Ilya Kovalchuk. For the first time under the current collective bargaining agreement, the NHL and the Players Association are expected to...
July 20, 2010
Kovalchuk chose Devils for chance at Stanley Cup
A chance to win a Stanley Cup prompted prized free agent Ilya Kovalchuk to sign a blockbuster 17-year, $102 million contract to remain with the Devils, the Russian winger said today. “From the playoffs last season, there is unfinished business,” Kovalchuk said at a press conference announcing the deal today...
Kovalchuk re-ups for $102M over 17 years
A new era is dawning for the New Jersey Devils. Martin Brodeur's torch is being passed to Ilya Kovalchuk, who has signed what is believed to be the longest standard player contract in NHL history: 17 years for $102 million. It likely would never have happened if not for...
Thrilled mates welcome Ilya back
The Devils reenergized themselves by signing Ilya Kovalchuk yesterday. The players reacted with stunned jubilation to the superstar's decision to return to New Jersey. "Absolutely unbelievable," returning center Jason Arnott told The Post. "Everybody's been waiting, anticipating, and not really sure what was going to happen. "I haven...
July 19, 2010
Kovalchuk 'for sure' making decision today
Today is Decision Day for Ilya Kovalchuk, "for sure, this time," his agent said in a twitter today. Kovalchuk is believed to be choosing among the Devils, Kings and St. Petersburg of the KHL. "Ilya Kovalchuk will make his decision today (for sure, this time!)" agent Jay Grossman said in...
July 18, 2010
Source: Kovalchuk nearing decision
Once again, it appears the Ilya Kovalchuk saga is nearing its end, though the two-time 52-goal scorer still is deciding among a few teams, a source close to Kovalchuk says. The inference is that the choice is among the Kings, Devils, St. Petersburg of the KHL or perhaps even some...
July 17, 2010
Kings stay in Ilya hunt
If the Kings were this tenacious on the ice, maybe they would win a Stanley Cup in 43 years. They just won't go away in this Ilya Kovalchuk saga, though, and the Devils are left to wonder if they have become just the fall-back bidders. One report out of...
July 16, 2010
Kovalchuk close to deal with Kings: report
Free agent Ilya Kovalchuk is close to signing a contract with the Los Angeles Kings, Sportsnet Canada reports. Analyst Nick Kypreos wrote on Twitter, "A big swing in the Ilya/Kings talks. Major stumbling blocks have been rectified. A source now described it to me as 'close but not done...
Koivu deal could benefit Kovalchuk
Waiting gave Ilya Kovalchuk a better argument last night after the Wild gave Mikko Koivu a stunning seven-year contract extension averaging $6.75 million per season. Koivu's $47 million deal kicks in starting with 2011-12 for a captain who notched 71 points for the first time last season. Kovalchuk...
Koivu deal could benefit Kovalchuk
Waiting gave Ilya Kovalchuk a better argument last night after the Wild gave Mikko Koivu a stunning seven-year contract extension averaging $6.75 million per season. Koivu's $47 million deal kicks in starting with 2011-12 for a captain who notched 71 points for the first time last season. Kovalchuk...
July 13, 2010
Report: Kovalchuk to Kings breaks down -- again
The third time wasn't a charm for Ilya Kovalchuk and the Los Angeles Kings. Negotiations between the team and the free agent forward today broke off for the third time, the Los Angeles Times reports. "Not confirmed yet but hearing that Kovalchuk to Kings is dead, this time for...
Report: Elias says Sykora should get tryout to reunite Devils' A-Line
The line of Patrik Elias-Jason Arnott-Petr Sykora led the Devils to the 2000 Stanley Cup. With Arnott back after a trade with the Predators this offseason, Elias said he wouldn't mind seeing Sykora return, too. "He should get a tryout. He needs to get healthy first," Elias told NJ...
Devs fret as Ilya's ta-King his time
The Devils were left to fret that Newark might somehow pale in comparison to palm trees and Hollywood, but it appears Ilya Kovalchuk has not yet shut the door on New Jersey and that there was no deal done with Kings at all. Kovalchuk spent yesterday being wooed in Los...

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