The ruling came down shortly after 5pm (17:17 on my twitter time stamp) that the special
arbiter arbitrator in the grievance filed by the NHLPA challenging the Leagues' rejection of the Ilya Kovalchuk contract had upheld the NHL's rejection. Kovalchuk is a free-agent and what happens next is anyone's guess.
While the details are still coming out, particularly regarding the reasons behind this ruling, we'd like to know what you think of this announcement. Many are projecting that this decision has consequences for the future negotiations of the CBA which expires in 2012, as well as for the financial viability of the hockey league if the salary cap restrictions of this CBA are interpreted loosely or strictly.
Here are a few links to this breaking story, which may be updated at their source throughout the evening.
Craig Custance (The Hockey News) Source: Arbitrator Rules in Favor of NHL in Kovalchuk Case
James Mirtle (Globe and Mail) Kovalchuk contract rejected by arbitrator
Fire and Ice Blog (The Bergen NJ Record's Tom Gulitti) Arbitrator Richard Bloch uphold NHL's rejection of Ilya Kovalchuk's contract
Beyond asking you if you "agree/disagree" or feel "surprised or just as expected", do you believe this decision is a good thing for hockey fans or not?
Do you believe that the NHL's rejection of the NJ Devils 17-year $102-million contract with Ilya Kovalchuk, upheld in a ruling announced today, is good for hockey fans or not?
Yes - strong adherence to the intentions of the current CBA's hard salary cap are essential for the viability of the NHL (217 votes)
Yes - some other reason (please explain) (11 votes)
No - this is a thumb in the eye of the players association, and the negotiations will be contentious, possibly leading to another lockout (22 votes)
No - some other reason (please explain) (6 votes)
Not sure - I don't understand all the nuances of this (12 votes)
I don't care - this is not why I'm a hockey fan (23 votes)
Another reaction or somewhere in between (15 votes)
306 total votes