OK, not a lot of news there though unfortunately...
So the decision will be on Monday? This looks good for the NHL and their case. My wife works with many different types of arbitrators, (she is a paralegal) and has followed this Kovalchuk saga with a couple of them since it has to do with their chosen field. They are under the impression that a later ruling, (i.e. Monday) signifies that the arbitrator is coming up with the reasons why the deal is being nulified and the proper wording for voiding this deal or any future one like it or that the contract is valid but there will be a fine for trying to circumvent the cap. If it had been a ruling for Kovalchuk it would be a matter of just saying contract is good and we're done with this. One of the arbitrators works in the entertainment field and said it could just be on Monday because it is traditionally a better newsworthy day.
I just can't see the NHL winning this one, but I certainly hope they do. Not because I'm still holding out hope of Kovalchuk coming here, but because the contract really is nonsense, far worse than the others that get brought up as comparisons.
it would be hilarious if the contract that Dean offered was used as the "reasonable" one that got this contract nullified.
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To me, the contract clearly was an attempt to circumvent the cap in a manner that far exceeded those previously approved, but borderline contracts. By investigating the priors, instead of voiding them, the NHL attempted to draw the line, but failed. Yet, each new contract seemed to be pushing it just a bit farther. This contract simply went too far. I believe it will be voided.
Last edited by tortfesor; August 6th, 2010 at 10:42 PM.
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