According to Larry Brooks of the NY Post, the NHL has issued an ultimatum of sorts to the NHLPA, demanding compliance with a new set of rules concerning high-end, salary cap circumventing contracts or else face the editing of current rule-bending contracts.
Either way, it looks like Chris Pronger’s deal with the Flyers is safe.
After specifically calling out the contracts of Roberto Luongo, Marian Hossa, Ilya Kovalchuk and possibly Mark Savard, it was mentioned that Pronger’s deal will be passed on by the league.
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.”
Despite a report by Sports.life.ru, which stated that the Flyers had made an offer to free agent winger Ilya Kovalchuk, the simple truth is they didn’t. At least not according to Kovalchuk’s European agent Yury Nikolaev.
“I never said this,” Nikolaev said, denying that he ever mentioned any NHL team.
The initial report, printed on Friday, said that Kovalchuk was in discussions with Philadelphia, Colorado and Los Angeles. However, as it turns out, only one of those teams, the Kings, were actually in the running. And they aren’t anymore.
The report was deemed curious to begin with, as the Flyers have extremely limited salary cap space and Kovalchuk was rumored to be after a max contract.
In what has been a strange offseason for the Flyers may have gotten just a bit more odd.
According to the Russian website Life Sports (need translator to read in English), as of Friday, cap-strapped Philadelphia is one of three NHL teams chasing Russian forward Ilya Kovalchuk.
TSN’s Darren Dreger sent mild shock waves through the transaction-starved hockey community on Saturday, saying on his twitter that Atlanta general manager Don Waddell has approached Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago, about moving the rights to bona fide super star Ilya Kovalchuk.