On Monday, arbitrator Richard Bloch made the ground-breaking ruling to uphold the NHL’s right to abolish Ilya Kovalchuk’s 17-year, $102 million deal with the New Jersey Devils, based on the grounds that the deal was created to circumvent the salary cap.
But as the official news spread, general managers around the league began to tremble, because this ruling didn’t just set a precedent for future deals — it could even change the past. For not only did Bloch tear apart the Kovalchuk deal, he mentioned, by name, the deals for Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo, Boston’s Marc Savard, Chicago’s Marian Hossa and Philly’s Chris Pronger, as example of infraction.
Bloch wrote …
“While the contracts have, in fact, been registered, their structure has not escaped League notice: those SPCs [standard player’s contracts] are being investigated currently with at least the possibility of a subsequent withdrawal of the registration.”
It’s been a year of ridicule to redemption for Mike Richards.
All regular season long, the Flyers captain was questioned at every turn. From his social choices to his on-ice contribution to his war with the Philadelphia media, the 25-year-old received waves of heat from a disgruntled fan base that called for his head at almost every opportunity.
But from the start of the 2009-10 post season, Richards has quieted even the most steadfast Philly nay-sayers by being the ideal captain and carrying his team on broad shoulders both on and off the ice.
Mike Richards’ physical play is getting under the skin of the Boston Bruins. In particular — Marc Savard.
“I mean, I don’t know,” said Savard about Richards after his team’s Eastern Conference semifinal game 5 home loss to the Flyers. “That’s the way he plays. It’s part of his demeanor. He’ll never change. So I don’t know.”
According to Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com, Flyers captain Mike Richards made an injury threat to Boston’s Marc Savard in the second period of Monday’s 3-2 Boston win over the Flyers.
“You were out for six weeks?” Richards allegedly asked Savard following the Bruin forward’s reported biting incident with Philadelphia’s Dan Carcillo in the second period of game 2. “We’ll put you out for another six weeks.”