If you want to chat up the NHL news of the day, this is your thread. What now for Kovalchuk? Two fewer years and a higher cap hit, or...?
(I can think of 100 reasons (okay, maybe five) why this decision was upheld. Kovy/Devils partisans who say "rules are rules, this isn't fair" probably haven't read enough of the CBA, and definitely don't gather that ambiguous clauses - such as those in the CBA - are made to be interpreted as situations warrant.) The CBA left room to draw the line somewhere; sounds like the arbitrator buys the NHL's line.