Tension on the High Ice

Koval-gate just seems to be getting bigger and bigger this summer. Who needs summer blockbusters when you got drama from July 1st straight on to… who knows? It’s September now and the Ilya Kovalchuk saga is still not over.

Ah, but it seems the end is nigh. According to Larry Brooks at the New York Post the NHL is giving the NHL Players Association a deadline of this Friday (tomorrow) at 2PM to accept their couple of conditions and if they do, the NHL will let everything slide.

What is everything? Well not only has Kovy’s contract been scrutinized to the Nth degree, but they’ve gone one or two further by probing other “questionable” contracts. Namely the contracts of Roberto Luongo‘s 12-year $64 million and Marian Hossa‘s 12-year $63 million deals. Brooks says that once this deadline comes, the NHL will void not only Kovalchuk’s deal, but Luongo’s contract as well, and more than likely keep digging into Hossa’s agreement.

The NHLPA would have to agree upon two conditions that affect the Collective Bargaining Agreement immediately:

1. “That the cap hit on future multi-year contracts will not count any seasons that end with the player over 40 years of age. The cap hit would be calculated on the average of the salary up through age 40 only.”

2. “That the cap hit on future contracts longer than five years will be calculated under a formula granting additional weight to the five years with the highest salary.”

Remember, Kovy’s 15-year $100 million contract hangs in the balance of all of this. It seems unfair that Luongo and Hossa have been wrangled into this, especially considering  the little fanfare that surrounded their dealings compared to Koval-gate. And speaking of ultimatums, don’t forget that about a week ago, Kovy gave the NHL a deadline to come to a decision on his contract. Not going to lie, not smart. You’re demanding a decision from the people that pay you and decide your fate? If he went to the KHL, yeah it’d be a blow and a loss, but the NHL would get over it and move on. Probably giving all of Kovy’s coverage to Sidney Criesby.

It should also be duly noted that TSN reported that the NHL has responded to Brooks’ article by saying they have given no such ultimatum. Yet, the NHLPA still has a deadline from the NHL. That kinda sounds like an ultimatum.

“You don’t want no drama
No no drama no no no no drama”

We should all take a lesson from Fergie.

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Tags: Collective Bargaining Agreement Ilya Kovalchuk Larry Brooks Marian Hossa NHL NHLPA Roberto Luongo

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