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Just when you thought it might finally be over, you hear the news: Ilya Kovalchuk is officially a free agent (again).
As promised, the outcome of the Kovalchuk fiasco between the NHL and NHLPA was announced today.
The arbitrator, Richard Bloch, decided to uphold the league's decision to void the Russian sniper's 17-year deal with the New Jersey Devils.
Bloch called it "a retirement contract," and claimed that the deal went "well beyond the typical retirement age for NHL players."
The NHL released this statement regarding the contract grievance:
"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."