NHL, NHLPA make deal with The Devil

NEWARK, NJ - JULY 20: Ilya Kovalchuk of the New Jersey Devils poses for photographs following the media opportunity announcing his contract renewal at the Prudential Center on July 20, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

It became official shortly before 3 a.m. EST this morning – Ilya Kovalchuk will be a New Jersey Devil for the next 15 years (well so the contract says).

The NHL and the NHLPA finally came to an agreement and made some changes to the CBA that allowed for the Kovalchuk deal to go though.

Rather than becoming the 23,342,453 person to do a write up on the end of the KovyWatch2010 I have rounded up some points of interest for you, my loyal reader – err readers… there are more than one of you right?

So here it goes:
Statement Issues by the NHLPA regarding governing long-term contracts.

Tom Gulitti from the Boston Herald

As always Joe Yerdon over at ProHockeyTalk on NBChad something to say about the KovalDrama.

The very informative George Malik weighed in on MLive

The question is: Do you think it was fair for the NHL and the NHLPA to drag out the Kovalchuk matter and change the CBA in order to get a contact?

Tags: Contract Devils Ilya Kovalchuk Long-term Contracts NHL NHLPA