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08:20 AM ET 09.02 | There appears to be more than ever riding on Ilya Kovalchuk's contract. The NHL has given the NHLPA an ultimatum regarding the contested front-loaded contract of not only the Devils' [Kovalchuk], but Vanocuver's Roberto Luongo and Chicago's Marian Hossa, as well, The Post has learned. A well placed source reports that the league has informed the Players' Assn. that the league will grandfather the recently submitted Kovalchuk 15-year, $100M contract, Luongo's 12-year, $64M deal that is entering its second season and Hossa's 12-year, $63.3M deal that also is entering its second season into the CBA under [a number of] conditions.

New York Post

Ilya Kovalchuk, Getty Images Ilya Kovalchuk, Getty Images
September 2, 2010  08:36 AM ET

Obviously some pinhead who doesn't know much about hockey (or geography - Vanocuver?) cut and pasted this article. Grandfathering these contracts is not an ultimatum; however, if you read the entire aticle from the NY Post it's quite interesting. It actually gives you the ultimatum points.

September 2, 2010  09:22 AM ET

Points which I think are a crock of caca. The Kovalchuk contract I can see them saying no to, it hasn't been signed and no money has changed hands with it. But to go to two other guys that are on their second year of a contract and say that if the PA doesn't agree to their terms they will go after the teams and players for those contracts as well? That is BS. What I hear the NHL saying is, "Like our commissioner who is a complete tool, we were too stupid to see what was going on last year and now that it is obvious to everyone, we are going to have to do something about it by strong arming the PA to change its ways or we will come after anyone who made us look like the idiots we are."

September 2, 2010  09:43 AM ET

I honestly cant believe that the NHL,NHLPA and the devils didn't discuss what parameters the contract needs to be in to be accepted.This should have been done behind closed doors to keep more damage out of the press.They don't need more bad publicity.
Seriously Bettman needs to go.He only cares about winning petty wars against the players.I guess issues like this take the news space that might otherwise reflect the fact that he has done nothing except ruin the game on his watch so hes okay with it.
Mr Chelios...your desk awaits.

September 2, 2010  10:12 AM ET

You know what I can't HONESTLY BELIEVE? Is that there is yet another Kovy thread. Actually, I can believe it. If there is another day, there is another Kovy T&R.

And it's Kovy...you'd think it was the second coming of JC!

September 2, 2010  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

And it's Kovy...you'd think it was the second coming of JC!

Do you mean Jimmy Carson, Jim Carey or perhaps JC Tremblay?

September 2, 2010  10:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

You know what I can't HONESTLY BELIEVE? Is that there is yet another Kovy thread. Actually, I can believe it. If there is another day, there is another Kovy T&R.And it's Kovy...you'd think it was the second coming of JC!

Aw shucks! You mean I missed this year's Mats Sundin??? DARN!!!! ;)

September 2, 2010  10:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Do you mean Jimmy Carson, Jim Carey or perhaps JC Tremblay?

JC Tremblay. Now there's a blast from the past.

September 2, 2010  10:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Aw shucks! You mean I missed this year's Mats Sundin??? DARN!!!! ;)

You sure did!! You need to catch up. Apparently, Kovy shi-ts 24K gold nuggets! :)

September 2, 2010  10:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Do you mean Jimmy Carson, Jim Carey or perhaps JC Tremblay?

or JC Martin?

September 2, 2010  10:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

You sure did!! You need to catch up. Apparently, Kovy shi-ts 24K gold nuggets! :)

I thought that was Sundin. :) Can't say I'm sorry I missed it.

September 2, 2010  10:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

or JC Martin?

Or Jacques Cousteau?

September 2, 2010  10:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

JC Tremblay. Now there's a blast from the past.

Five time Stanley Cup winner.

September 2, 2010  10:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Do you mean Jimmy Carson, Jim Carey or perhaps JC Tremblay?

I was sticking with hockey players...

September 2, 2010  11:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

(or geography - Vanocuver?)

Maybe he was a big supporter of the Limpics?

September 2, 2010  11:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

But to go to two other guys that are on their second year of a contract and say that if the PA doesn't agree to their terms they will go after the teams and players for those contracts as well?

I think Luongo is about to start his "extension" so technically it hasn't started yet.

Either way I don't much care. All the money has gotten silly.

September 2, 2010  11:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Maybe he was a big supporter of the Limpics?

Good point Hank. But if he's using the term Vanoc he'd have to pay for it.

September 2, 2010  11:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

I think Luongo is about to start his "extension" so technically it hasn't started yet.Either way I don't much care. All the money has gotten silly.

Nice to see you back on FN Hank. I trust the vacation went well. I knew you were back at work though as the smoke's not as thick on the south island.

September 2, 2010  11:56 AM ET

Three goalie threads yesterday and when something finally happens (Niemi signs with the Sharks for 1 year @ 2 mil) we get nothing. Sigh.

September 2, 2010  12:34 PM ET

You fellows think the leagues handling of this is unbelievable? Yoke the Joke is telling Calgary media he is a 90 point guy this season.WTF??? I think he must have spent his off-season in Amsterdam.

 
September 2, 2010  12:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#21):

Three goalie threads yesterday and when something finally happens (Niemi signs with the Sharks for 1 year @ 2 mil) we get nothing. Sigh.

"Antti's play last season speaks for itself," Sharks GM Doug Wilson said in the team's press release. "Our goal this summer was to create the best goaltending unit we could and we feel we have successfully done that."

After falling to the Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final, the Sharks did not re-sign their longtime starting goaltender, Evgeni Nabokov, who accepted a four-year deal deal with SKA St. Petersburg of Russia's KHL.

Well, that's the guts of that story.

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