Ilya Kovalchuk signs a revised fifteen-year contract with the New Jersey Devils

What if there is a file Ilya KovalchukAnd the Jack HughesAnd the Jesper Pratt streak going to next season? At the age of 39, Kovalchuk was probably destined to be a third-line runner with a mixture of Eric HolaAnd the Thomas TatarAnd the Andreas JohnsonAnd the Dawson Mercer. It’s possible that this isn’t exactly what the demons and their fans were thinking when Team Kovalchuk signed a 17-year contract worth $102 million Back in July 2010. After all, Hughes was only nine years old, the current captain Nico Hescher He was 11 years old, and his first star was a defender Doji Hamilton He was looking to boost his stock in the 2011 draft with a big year for the Niagra IceDogs team.

In fact, nothing was planned when the Devils and then-GM Lou Lamoriello signed a 17-year agreement with Kovalchuk, with the NHL treating it as a form of salary cap circumvention, and an arbitrator agreed with them. This would force negotiations between the league and the NHLPA over how to handle the long-term contract structure. On top of Kovalchuk, the NHL has been looking at contracts Chris ProngerAnd the Roberto LongoAnd the Mark SavardAnd the Marianne Hessawho have all had pre-loaded long-term contracts that carry salaries at or near the league minimum in the past few years, lowering the overall deal cap.

In short, the league and the players agreed on the rules affecting new contracts (as of September 2010) of five years or more that lasted at least until the player’s 41st birthday giving a more accurate reflection of the salary the player was earning. The agreement also ensured that the issue would not automatically pass to the next CBA, and of course, the rules for contracts have changed dramatically since the 2012-2013 closure. Now, seven or eight years max, fixed results, 35+ contracts, and the like regulate at least this form of salary cap circumvention.

Following the dispute, New Jersey and Kovalchuk agreed on a revised 15-year, $100 million contract on September 3, 2010 that runs through the 2024-25 season, and carries a cap of $6.67 million. Now that was settled, the Devils were looking forward to a fourth Stanley Cup with their star in hand. Of course, as we know, the drama is not over yet. For the first three years, Kovalchuk was strong, but New Jersey will miss the playoffs in two of the three years. However, Kovalchuk and the Devils will take the Los Angeles Kings into Game Six of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals, with the winger playing a big role in this round.

Unfortunately for New Jersey, during the 2012-2013 lockdown, Kovalchuk returned home to Russia, to play for SKA Saint Petersburg, who had been considering signing with him during his 2010 free agency. The experience of playing close to home and having his family nearby had an impact. On Kovalchuk, who informed Lamoreello of his intention to return to Russia after the brief 2012-2013 spell. Only thirty years old, Kovalchuk Voluntarily retire from the NHL After the 2012-13 season, leaving 12 years and $77 million on the table. Demons who are already lost Zach Barris To a free agency the previous year, she was awarded an annual fine of $250,000 to restore the cap, which is in effect until 2024-25, but the striker’s hat was handed over again.

The 2013 Offseason saw the emergence of New Jersey Jaromir Jagger Replacing Kovalchuk’s production, the 41-year-old turned in an impressive 67-point campaign, but the Devils would lose the playoffs, as they finished with 88 points. The team struggled to start the 2014-15 season, sacking coach Peter Debor and Lamorillo that spring for a chance with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The organization will be heading for a large-scale rebuilding, which was out of the 2017-2018 playoff framework led by the Hart Trophy winner. Taylor Hall, continued during this off season. It appears that things have finally turned a corner in New Jersey, led by Hughes, Hescher, Mercer, Hamilton and a global set of expectations including Luke HughesAnd the German SimonAnd the Alexander HoltzBut the repercussions of trying to re-sign and then losing Kovalchuk are clear.

The Demons and their fans may rightly attribute this long and painful rebuilding process, at least in part, to Kovalchuk’s sudden departure, but it is perhaps best served to them by it. At the time of the signing, New Jersey was expecting Kovalchuk to lead an aging-supported team Martin Broodor It is led in advance by the elderly Patrick Elias. anyway Corey Schneider He was able to rise as one of the best goalkeepers in the league during their rebuilding, and the team didn’t really have a younger, back-up cast to beat Kovalchuk in his 30s. Because his relatively large hat on the books would have made doing so, and likely rebuilding on the go, somewhat difficult. That, in turn, was likely to delay the inevitable: a long and painful rebuilding.

As for Kovalchuk, the winger got his wish to come home to play in his native Russia and have his family live nearby, something he explained when he left $77 million on the table again in New Jersey. He spent another five seasons with St. Petersburg, where he served as one of the league’s top players in an excellent team. After the 2017-18 season, the NHL Devils’ rights over the striker expired and 35-year-old Kovalchuk sought a return to the NHL. He signed a three-year, $18.75 million contract with the Los Angeles Kings, but his contract was partially terminated during the 2019-20 season.

Kovalchuk’s massive deal, whether the original or revised version, wasn’t the first or the last to be delivered by the NHL organization, but it does carry significant weight in NHL history. First, he was one of the league’s best players left in his prime, with more money than most players would ever earn at the table, one of the biggest and weirdest deals in hockey history, perhaps in the sport’s period. On top of that, the original deal, and the revision, provided a roadmap that would change the NHL’s contract framework and salary cap systems in the long-term. The changes brought about by the first decade sparked the league’s desire for change, which became a focal point in the 2012-2013 shutdown.