File this under: You knew it was coming!
The NHL's player association (union), has filed a grievance with the NHL because they had a problem with Ilya Kovalchuk's 17-year contract with the New Jersey Devils.
More from NJ.com RIGHT HERE
TSN breaks down the logic RIGHT HERE
((Ilya Kovalchuk//File Photo))
The reason this is an issue is much simpler than the language in the accompanying stories. The league desperately wants to stop the trend of heavily front loading contracts to get around the salary cap. The problem is, they've already allowed several similar ones.
There is a lot of speculation that this is the first of many shots across several bows leading to a re-negotiation of the leagues collective bargaining agreement next year. Either way, Kovy may or may not be a free agent again...this year, we are just going to have wait until the lawyers make tons of money to have their say.
Here is what Kovy did at the end of last year for the Devils. Thanks You Tube: