Despite the NHL’s reopened investigations into the front-loaded contracts of Philadelphia’s Chris Pronger, Boston’s Marc Savard, Chicago’s Marian Hossa and Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo, one unnamed agent believes even with the league’s newfound aggressiveness on the heels of the declined Ilya Kovalchuk deal — the NHL will not cancel the already accepted contracts.
“The NHL isn’t going to do anything with these deals. Nothing is going to happen,” the agent told the Ottawa Sun. “They’ve been trying to investigate most of these deals for a year.
“I can tell you they certainly aren’t going to rip up a contract that has already been signed and approved by the league.”
Pronger’s extension, which was filed an approved by the league prior to the 2009-10 season, officially kicks in as soon as the 35-year old plays a game in the 2010-11 season. His deal, along with the other heavily front-loaded contracts, became eligible to be overturned by the league when Kovalchuk arbitrator Richard Bloch made the decision to rule against Kovalchuk and the New Jersey Devils and in favor of the league, saying that front-loaded contracts created to circumvent the salary cap, are, in fact, against the rules of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
“That’s the difference,” the agent continued. “The deal that Kovalchuk signed was never approved by the league. The rest of these deals passed the smell test.”
Pronger’s extension is for seven years, $34.45 million and will run until he is 43.