Arbitrator Bloch’s Kovalchuk Contract

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You might as well write “sike” across the picture above as it appears the summer of Kovalchuk is far from over with confirmed reports surfacing that arbitrator and New Jersey native Richard Bloch has ruled in favor of the National Hockey League to uphold the rejection of the 17-year contract the winger signed that would pay him $102 million thus making null and void.

The 27-year-old Kovalchuk, who is in Russia preparing to train with friend Alexander Ovechkin is once again a free agent and I predict he might just sign with in the KHL with SKA St. Petersburg being the obvious choice. There is a possibility that the Devils can restructure his contract and you would believe they have no choice after re-introducing him to the media after the contract was signed and marketing him on the website moments later.

The Los Angeles Kings were the other team involved in negotiations and reportedly offered a contract worth $80 million over 15 years before Kovalchuk signed with New Jersey.

What happens next is anyone’s guess but rest assured we are far from any kind of closure surrounding the most sought after free agent in the last decade.

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