The Soap Opera has Ended

Finally we can get on with our lives.  The NHL’s version of the Decision has come to an end with the approval of the Ilya Kovalchuk contract.  15 years says the contract.  15 years that Kovy will be a New Jersey Devil.  The total value of the package is worth $100 million dollars.  TSN has the full story here.

The NHL itself certainly took it’s time reviewing this deal, and threatening to void other contracts that may have been trying to circumvent the cap.  Although it now seems that those “other” deals are grandfathered and will hold up.  The problem in all this lies with the fact that, the salary cap hasn’t quite accomplished what it was supposed to.  My comments and thoughts below will echo that, as well as some other items to think about.

* Is Kovalchuk really a good fit for the New Jersey Devils?

* Now that the Devils are over the cap limit, someone, or two or three is going to have to be moved.  Travis Zajak, Jaime Langenbruener, Bryce Salvador, and possibly Brian Rolston.  Hey Mr. Tallon, you reading this?

* If the Devils fail to win the Cup anytime soon will Kovalchuk’s new nickname be Kovychoke?

* The NHL should not be looking into contracts that are already in effect.  But make sure that there are no more that are given out that attempt to test the CBA.  Don’t look back, just move forward.

* Have we seen the last multi-digit contract handed out?  Will there now be a bunch of nine year deals?

* Who here thinks that Kovy survives the entire 15 years with the Devils?  I’d bet that Zach Parise stays longer.

*  Greed.  Who has it worse?  Owners, players, or agents?

* I thought the salary cap was going to provide more opportunities for the “lower end” teams to become competitive.  Similar to the parity in the NFL.   Yet since the lockout there are five teams that have yet to see the playoffs.

Lastly:

* If any contract were to be voided, it would have to be the Roberto Luongo contract.  10 million dollars?  Are you kidding me?  That contract should be voided and GM Mike Gillis should be fired for handing it out.

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