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)

The Calm before the Ilya Kovalchuk Storm

The Ilya Kovalchuk hearing is officially over, but decision not expected until Monday

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Ilya Kovalchuk Hearing Officially Over

But the saga’s not .. yet.

Yes, the 48-hour hearing is over. Both the NHL and the NHLPA have laid their cards on the table, and have tried to convince arbitrator Richard Bloch that their view of the situation is correct.

Now it becomes decision time for Bloch as both the NHL (and all their fans) and Ilya Kovalchuk sit on the edge of their seats waiting for the ruling.

Tom Gulitti from Fire and Ice doesn’t expect a decision before Monday however:

System arbitrator Richard Bloch has until the end of business on Monday to submit his decision to the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association.

From what I’ve been told, Bloch’s ruling likely won’t come before Monday.

I’m sure there there will be an obvious vested interest from nearly everyone in the NHL. Most people that you talk to have drawn their own battle lines on the matter. Some think that a deal like this will aid to another lockout. Others claim that — while deals like this aren’t good for the NHL — the deal was perfectly legal in terms of the current CBA.

As it is right now, no one knows what will happen next. All I know is that we’re in familiar territory once again with the Kovalchuk saga, waiting.


Ilya Kovalchuk Hearing Wednesday Not Tomorrow

According to Larry Brooks and Jeff Marek the Ilya Kovalchuk hearing will actually take place on Wednesday. Not tomorrow, as originally reported.

Still the rules remain the same. It will be a 48-hour case in which an arbitrator will rule as to whether or not the NHL had a right to reject the contract. More when we have it.


Ilya Kovalchuk Hearing To Happen On Tuesday In Boston

The Ilya Kovalchuk saga is nearing it’s end, finally. At this time it seems to be real.

A date for the hearing to decide whether or not the NHL had a right to reject the heavily front-loaded 17-year $102-million dollar deal had been set for this Tuesday.

Here is more from Tom Gulitti:

The hearing to decide the grievance about Ilya Kovalchuk’s rejected contract will begin Tuesday in Boston, his mother, Luba Kovalchuk, reportedly told Sovetsky Sport—according to Puck Daddy’s Dmitry Chesnokov. Luba Kovalchuk said her son delayed his return to Russia to attend the two-day hearing.

Kovalchuk is not required to attend the hearing, in which "system" arbitrator Richard Bloch will determine whether Kovalchuk’s 17-year, $102 million contract with the Devils complies with the collective bargaining agreement or if the NHL was correct in rejecting the contract. If Bloch upholds the league’s decision, Kovalchuk will become an unrestricted free agent.

The two-day hearing will obviousloy take place tomorrow, and it’s ramifications will be immense either way. Regardless of what happens this saga finally seems to be drawing to an end.

Stay tuned here and at In Lou We Trust for more. 

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