I always truly believe this story will never end, and I guess until proven otherwise, I am correct. The NHL and NHLPA have extended their Wednesday, 5 p.m. ET deadline to approve or reject the Devils' 15-year/$100 million contract with Ilya Kovalchuk to Friday, 5 p.m. ET.
Here is the confirmation:
The Ilya Kovalchuk contract situation expected to reach a conclusion by 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday will instead continue until 5 p.m. ET Friday. The NHL and NHLPA mutually agreed to extend the deadline to accept or reject the latest contract Kovalchuk signed with the New Jersey Devils.
The contract, which reportedly calls for Kovalchuk to make $100 million over 15 years, was submitted to the NHL last Friday and the League originally had five days to review the contract before deciding if it was acceptable or not.
The National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association today announced it was mutually agreed to extend the deadline by which the League must reach a decision on the contract between the Devils and Kovalchuk until Friday, 5 p.m. ET.
So we move on, and wait till (likely) Friday. Sigh.