According to my buddy Tom Gulitti’s twitter, the arbitrator has ruled in favor of the league in the Ilya Kovalchuk case.
In other words, his contract has been rejected and he’s an unrestricted free agent again.
Here’s the NHL’s reaction:
DEPUTY COMMISSIONER BILL DALY STATEMENT
REGARDING DECISION BY INDEPENDENT ARBITRATOR RICHARD BLOCH
NEW YORK (August 9, 2010) — Bill Daly, Deputy Commissioner of the National Hockey League, today released the following statement with regard to the decision by independent arbitrator Richard Bloch that the League properly rejected the contract agreed to by the New Jersey Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk:
“We want to thank Arbitrator Bloch for his prompt resolution of a complex issue. His ruling is consistent with the League’s view of the manner in which the Collective Bargaining Agreement should deal with contracts that circumvent the Salary Cap.”
Here’s the NHLPA’s reaction:
TORONTO (August 9, 2010) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) released the following statement today:
“The NHLPA is disappointed with the Arbitrator’s ruling to uphold the NHL’s rejection of the contract between the New Jersey Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk.
The NHLPA is currently reviewing the decision and will have no further comment at this time.”