The reported 24-hour window in which many were expecting to see Ilya Kovalchuk sign a contract has come and gone with no progress towards keeping the star winger in New Jersey. The reason? The NHL is still not satisfied with the Devils' second proposed deal.
The New York Post is reporting that the New Jersey Devils’ re-worked contract with Kovalchuk did not pass muster after a meeting with NHL officials Monday to discuss the proposal conceptually. The Post also incorporates some not-so-subtle undertones that the NHL may be forcing Kovalchuk to the KHL by continuing to oppose the contract.
Mike Mazzeo of the Newark Star-Ledger writes that the Devils would not confirm anything on the Kovalchuk contract at an Atlantic City press conference yesterday. They did announce that the team’s AHL affiliate in Albany will play four games at Boardwalk Hall, which is clearly the next best thing to Kovalchuk news.
“Until something’s done, it’s not done,” GM Lou Lamoriello said of the Kovalchuk contract. In a related story, the sun will rise in the East tomorrow. Stay tuned for updates.
The Rangers continue their “Road to the Rangers” series with a look at how Vinny Prospal came to be on Broadway. Worth a look if only for the awkward 2009 headshot they include at the top of the article.
The Devils offer more details on their development team games at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.
The Rangers Report welcomes a guest blogger who opines that the mid-summer spending spree known as NHL free agency will soon be no more.
Blueshirt Banter wonders what happened to the Rangers’ shooting. Some great stats to dive into.
If you care to put aside any Boston bias for a few minutes, NESN takes a look at the 2010-11 Rangers.
The head of the IIHF, Rene Fasel, told the media he would “fight like hell” to prevent NHL expansion onto European soil. That makes for an interesting balancing act, since Fasel desperately needs the NHL’s continued participation in the Olympics in 2014. ESPN’s Scott Burnside provides the details.