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Kovalchuck Gets Help From NHLPA

July 24, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The NHL Players Association is planning to file a grievance on behalf of Ilya Kovalchuck.

The NHLPA sees dollars signs when the look at Ilya Kovalchuck, and they plan to file a grievance on his behalf (katchop)

The NHLPA sees dollar signs when they look at Ilya Kovalchuck, and they plan to file a grievance on his behalf (katchop)

From sportsnet.ca

A source told sportsnet.ca that the only way a grievance would not be filed was if the Devils and Kovalchuk restructure the deal. However, the source also said that even if the two parties do re-work the contract, the NHLPA may still elect to file a grievance to prevent the league from taking similar action on future deals.

Kovalchuk’s contract with the Devils was rejected by the NHL earlier this week after the league ruled that the deal violated its salary cap.

Under the signed agreement, Kovalchuk was slated to earn $98.5 million in the first 11 years of the deal and only $550,000 in each of the last five seasons. The extra years tacked on at the end of the deal took the contract through the 2026-27 season and lowered the overall salary cap hit to $6 million.

Original Photos zimbio, post.thing

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