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Devils Quick Links: Kovalchuk Contract Deadline Extended

Wednesday was supposed to be the day of all days. The New Jersey Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk submitted a contract last Friday, and by rule of the CBA, the NHL was to supposed to accept or reject the contract by Wednesday, 5 p.m. ET. Instead, the NHL and NHLPA mutually agreed to extend the deadline 48 hours to Friday 5 p.m. ET. So Friday will be the day of all days, at least for now. Here's some links around the hockey world pertaining to this fiasco.

Lamoriello statement on deadline extension - Shortly after the NHL announced the extension, Devils President/CEO/GM Lou Lamoriello issued a very basic, predictable statement. He, the Devils, and Kovalchuk have no authority here, and just have to sit and wait until Friday afternoon. Lamoriello is staying positive about the submitted contract.

No decision today on Ilya Kovalchuk contract; deadline extended - Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger has a good breakdown
of the Kovalchuk Saga. He also put up a year-by-year breakdown of the 15yrs/$100million contract that was submitted.

Devils right wing David Clarkson tests endurance in ride with Lance Armstrong - OK, this has nothing to do with Ilya Kovalchuk. But if you're sick of hearing his name, and words like "circumvention" or "Collective Bargaining Agreement," then I suggest reading this by Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record.

NHL gives union ultimatum on Kovalchuk, Luongo, Hossa - If you feel the opposite, then maybe some exclusive gossip from a "source" will intrigue you. Larry Brooks from the NY Post is reporting that the NHL is strong-arming the NHLPA to make changes to the CBA (cap hits and front loaded contracts specifically) or else they will reject the Ilya Kovalchuk and Roberto Luongo contracts, and look further into the Marian Hossa contract. Put some halite on this, because Gulitti and Darren Dreger are reporting no ultimatum was given. Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports has his take on the deadline extension and the NY Post's report.

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