Buzz: Is The Ilya Kovalchuk Contract Keeping Lou Lamoriello Out Of CBA Talks?

Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger spoke with Devils CEO/President/GM/sometimes coach Lou Lamoriello about the ongoing lockout.

Chere says that Lamoriello is “embarrassed for the game.”

Lamoriello said “We’re getting to the 11th hour. It’s coming down to the wire right now.”

When asked by Chere why he wasn’t involved in these CBA talks, Lamoriello said “I can’t answer why.”

In November, John Shannon tweeted “If memory serves, Lou Lamoriello was a key voice during the 2nd Half of the lock-out in 2004-05. He has always been a voice of reason.”

In response to that tweet, James Mirtle said that ever since the Ilya Kovalchuk contract situation Lamoriello has been pushed out of the NHL inner circle.

The NHL voided the 17-year contract worth $102 million between the Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk before signing a 15-year deal worth $100 million.

The Devils were fined $3 million, lost their 2011 third-round pick and a first rounder in either the 2011, 2012, 2013 or 2014 draft.

Adam Rotter: I wonder if Red Wings GM Ken Holland, who has three players on back diving contracts (Zetterberg, Franzen and Kronwall) is also being barred from these talks for the same reason. Holland, along with Lamoriello, have been considered people that could “save” the CBA talks based on their reputations and negotiating skills.