League re­jects Ko­valchuk’s 17-year deal

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS BRIEFING -

The NHL re­jected Ilya Ko­valchuk’s land­mark 17year, $102 mil­lion con­tract with the New Jersey Devils on Tues­day night af­ter it was deemed to cir­cum­vent the league’s salary cap. Just one day af­ter Ko­valchuk and the Devils came to an agree­ment on the long­est con­tract in NHL his­tory, the con­tract was re­jected be­cause years of low salary at the end of the con­tract were added for the sole pur­pose of low­er­ing the cap hit. The star for­ward was slated to earn only $550,000 in each of the last five sea­sons of the con­tract that was to run through the 2026-27 sea­son, when Ko­valchuk would be 44.

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