The National Hockey League (NHL) Wednesday rejected a $102 million contract between free agent forward Ilya Kovalchuk and the New Jersey Devils. The 17-year contract would have been the longest in the history of the league, but the NHL said it was a violation of salary limits.
“The contract has been rejected by the League as a circumvention of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Under the CBA, the contract rejection triggers a number of possible next steps that may be elected by any or each of the NHLPA, the Player and/or the Club. In the interim, the player is not entitled to play under the contract, nor is he entitled to any of the rights and benefits that are provided for thereunder. The League will have no further comment on this matter pending further developments,”
National Hockey League Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement posted on the NHL website.
In response to the NHL decision, New Jersey Devils President/CEO/General Manager Lou Lamoriello issued his own statement expressing disappointment.
“We are extremely disappointed that the NHL has decided to reject the contract of Ilya Kovalchuk. The contract complies with the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. We will have no further comment until the process outlined in the CBA is complete,”
Lamoriella said in a statement on the Devils website.
Photo by John Julian via Wikimedia Commons. Ilya Kovalchuk.