The NHLPA’s statement on this can be found here.
Gulitti has a statement from the Devils’ Lou Lamoriello, who says that the two sides are already negotiating a new deal.
Tom Gulitti says that the NHL hasn’t decided yet if it will fine or penalize the Devils.
Statements from the NHL are below:
“We want to thank Arbitrator Bloch for his prompt resolution of a complex issue. His ruling is consistent with the League’s view of the manner in which the Collective Bargaining Agreement should deal with contracts that circumvent the Salary Cap.”
Craig Custance confirms that the league won the ruling.
Helene Elliott tweets that the Kings may pursue Kovalchuk once again.
…They have the money.
Kypreos tweets that Kovalchuk will still remain a free agent.
…Three options are the same three they always were: a new deal with the Devils, LA or Russia.
Nick Kypreos tweets that he hears the grievance has been denied.
…There has to be a formal statement at some point, I would think.
Sports Business Journal reports that the arbitrator Richard Bloc has ruled in favor of the league.
…It’s after 5, can we get a ruling on this?
Original Post: 7:40AM:
By the end of the business day, arbitrator Richard Bloc is expected to rule on the case of Ilya Kovalchuk vs the NHL in terms of his 17 year contract.
Everson once again mentions the Rangers, along with the Islanders as teams that could be interested in Kovalchuk if he becomes a free agent again.
It just doesn’t work Mark. The space or spot isn’t there
But we will get some sort of closure on Kovalchuk today and then a whole host of reactions and such later and tomorrow