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Old 09-13-2010, 08:12 PM   #1
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:14 PM   #2
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This is probably not how McNeckbeard was hoping to start the season for his NJ Devils. I must say this is an unduly harsh punishment for them, esp. since Chicago and Detroit didn't get punished for the same thing.


penalized over Kovalchuk dealEmail Print Comments142 Associated Press

Devils Penalized Over Kovalchuk Deal

NEWARK, N.J. -- The cost of signing Ilya Kovalchuk got even more expensive for the New Jersey Devils.

The NHL fined the Devils $3 million on Monday and took away two high draft picks over the next four years for signing Kovalchuk to a 17-year, $102 million contract in July that circumvented the league's salary cap.


In handing down what might be his harshest penalty for a team salary-cap violation, commissioner Gary Bettman forced New Jersey to forfeit a first-round pick sometime over the next four years and a third-round pick next year.
Devils president and chief executive Lou Lamoriello insisted the team didn't break the rules.

"We were today advised of the ruling by the commissioner with respect to the Kovalchuk matter," Lamoriello said in a statement. "We disagree with the decision. We acted in good faith and did nothing wrong. We will have no further comment."

It was not immediately clear if the Devils can appeal the ruling.

The NHL had the right to discipline the Devils after arbitrator Richard Bloch ruled on Aug. 9 that Kovalchuk's free-agent contract constituted a circumvention of the NHL/NHLPA collective bargaining agreement. The league's biggest problem with the deal was that the 27-year-old Russian star was to be paid only $550,000 in each of the final six years.

The $3 million fine will not count against the Devils' salary cap, a decision the league and the NHL Players' Association reached earlier this month in working out an amendment on long-term contracts.

That amendment paved the way for the league to approve a 15-year, $100 million contract that the Devils and Kovalchuk reworked after Bloch's arbitration ruling.

The NHL said it now considered the matter closed and will have no further comment, including anything on its disciplinary action.

The Devils have the right to choose what year they will forfeit their first-round pick, but they must tell the league by the day after the Stanley Cup finals in that year.

The Devils originally signed the high-scoring left winger to what would have been a landmark deal in July. It would have kept Kovalchuk under contract until he was 44.

The league immediately rejected the deal, noting that paying the Russian All Star such a low salary in each of the final five years violated the league's salary-cap because it drove down New Jersey's annual salary cap hit.

The players' association filed a grievance against the league, but Bloch sided with the league after hearing from both sides.

The Devils and Kovalchuk reworked the contract and settled on the revised 15-year deal earlier this month. The NHL approved it after agreeing with the players' association on the amendment covering long-term contracts.

With 338 goals and 304 assists in 642 career NHL games, Kovalchuk was the biggest prize on the free-agent market this season. He had 41 goals and 44 assists in 2009-10, a season he split between the Atlanta Thrashers and Devils, who acquired him in a multi-player deal in February.

The new deal will put a $6.67 million annual hit on the Devils' salary cap and put the team roughly $3 million over the league limit ($59.4 million) with only 21 players under contract, two under the league limit.

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Old 09-13-2010, 08:28 PM   #3
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Old 09-14-2010, 06:43 AM   #4
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It's that time. Taking the little Beans to their first hockey game this Thursday....Bruins rookies vs. NY Islanders rookies. $5 a ticket with no tickemaster fees.....can't beat that.

I'm going to tell them it's the championship game.
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This is probably not how McNeckbeard was hoping to start the season for his NJ Devils. I must say this is an unduly harsh punishment for them, esp. since Chicago and Detroit didn't get punished for the same thing.
Not QUITE true, as Chicago and Detroit's deals(Also, you forgot Vancouver) weren't rejected. I don't agree with the punishment, but there is a difference.
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Old 09-14-2010, 07:00 AM   #6
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Old 09-14-2010, 10:28 AM   #7
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Canes Panthers next tuesday at the RBC Center. Its pretty awesome because I just moved about a half mile from the RBC center so I can walk home from games.
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This is the year the Kings end the cup drought...
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Old 09-14-2010, 11:05 AM   #10
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F the Pens AND the Flyers... (especially the Flyers).

Got my tickets to see the Bruins in Prague. Excited.




Elitserien just started, too. So, for good measure:


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Old 09-14-2010, 01:47 PM   #11
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Looks like Paul Holmgren probably should have worked a little harder to get Niemi.

Michael Leighton is out at least one month with a bulging disc.
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Old 09-28-2010, 07:18 PM   #13
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This is going to be an exciting season to see which young Avs player Kroenke will deem too expensive for the smallest payroll in the NHL. Gotta bankroll that Arsenal takeover some how! Maybe Theo Walcott can play left wing.
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This is the year I am going to attempt to get into hockey. I always thought it'd be the 1st one I got into when I moved here from Scotland given it was the closest of the "big 4" American sports to soccer (don't start). Then the lock out happened and by then I was into football. Then basketball. Baseball is still dull to me. Lets so how I do with hockey.
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This is the year I am going to attempt to get into hockey. I always thought it'd be the 1st one I got into when I moved here from Scotland given it was the closest of the "big 4" American sports to soccer (don't start). Then the lock out happened and by then I was into football. Then basketball. Baseball is still dull to me. Lets so how I do with hockey.
Very good!

You should try and watch as much as you can. It's extremely exciting and an excellent sport. Tons of great passing, shooting, speed and physicality. You will like it. Try going to some games if you get a chance, too.
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Went to the Devils game tonight. Kovy with a beauty to win it, 3-2.
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Hey Finkle,

Are you getting ready for the season? Personally, I think the Rags aren't going to be very good this year. Hank is done, mentally. Staal is going to get fat after getting paid, so is Girardi, although he was never anything special to begin with. Drury will continue to make 250k for each point he registers and Gabby the ballerina will miss another 30 games. Frolov is talented but he will do everything in his power to reinforce stereotypes about the work ethic of skilled Russian players. I know you are going to pimp the young kids on the blueline, but ofcourse you did that last year too.....until the Pens put up 55 shots on goal on them at the Garden. I could see Avery coming out about midseason, and Brooksie will expose Torts as a child molester by February (e5).

Oh...and by the end of the season, the Rags Ice Girls will be Bob's "cum dumpsters".

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http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/feature/?id=29184

Kings are top 5 in TSN's preseason power ranking.

ESPN has also picked the Kings to win the Pacific Division.

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Kings are top 5 in TSN's preseason power ranking.

ESPN has also picked the Kings to win the Pacific Division.



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This wouldn't surprise me at all. The blueline is absolutely stacked with talent and will only get better.
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Very good!

You should try and watch as much as you can. It's extremely exciting and an excellent sport. Tons of great passing, shooting, speed and physicality. You will like it. Try going to some games if you get a chance, too.
Actually going to a game..up in Lethbridge Alberta to be exact..is what got me hooked!! I got to see Chris Phillips play!!
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Don't see my team on that list yet, but we all know that ranking doesn't take into account how they'll do jack **** in the playoffs.
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