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The Ilya Kovalchuk contract rejection collection

Jul 21, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

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Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for russiakovalchuk.jpgBeing that news came pretty late regarding the NHL reportedly rejecting Ilya Kovalchuk’s contract, I imagine this might be the first some people have heard of it. To make things easier on you (scrolling way down the page? For the birds.), I decided to put a small “collection” of the posts together. Each link will have a little description, too.

Update: NHL releases an official statement on the subject.

Report: NHL rejects Kovalchuk’s contract: This is the “meat and potatoes” take on the subject.

So, what happens next?: Now that we’ve determined that the league won’t stand for that contract jive talk, what are the Devils/Kovalchuk/league reps to do? I consulted Twitter to find out the answer(s).

Does the NHL have a case? Could the Kings get back into the mix?: At first, I thought the answer to the first question was “Yes” but now that’s being disputed. This Kovalchuk scenario would go from weird to “A visual expression of Les Claypool’s dreams” if the Kings were able to get in the mix again.

Here are some bonus links for Kovalchuk background:

Video of the press conference

Joe’s story on the presser.

Finally, a detailed look at Kovalchuk’s wacky (and possibly voided) contract.

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