The NHL just delivered a heavy blow to the New Jersey Devils for attempting to circumvent the CBA and sign Kovalchuk to a 245 year $12 Billion dollar deal a few weeks back. For a league that has been hesitant to lower the hammer on it’s own franchises in the past this surprising display of force shows the league is serious about it’s salary cap.
"The NHL has come down hard on the New Jersey Devils for deliberately circumventing the league’s salary cap in their original attempt to sign forward Ilya Kovalchuk.
The league announced in a press release Monday that they have fined the Devils $3 million and that the club will forfeit their third-round draft choice in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft as well as a first-round draft choice in one of the next four NHL Entry Drafts.
It will be the Devils’ decision which year they will forfeit the first round choice, they must advise the NHL of their decision by the day following the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Final in the calendar year in which the pick will be forfeited."
This is a surprisingly harsh judgement against a team that really isn’t doing anything already done by several of it’s brethren in the league and who have already gotten away with it. Devils CEO, President and General Manager Lou Lamoriello hasn’t indicated whether or not he will appeal the decision or if he will simply let the matter be.
Ilya Kovalchuk on the other hand remains stinking rich and could probably care less that his long term employer just took a shot to the pills as a direct result of his greed. This judgement is only speculation and we could be completely wrong but really who cares right? The guy just signed a 15 year deal worth a cap hit of $6.66 for a team called the Devils.
Money, power and a pact with the Devil that lasts for 15 years. What could he possibly do to haters online?