Here are some good articles on the Kovalchuk saga. Based on the first one from the Star-Ledger out of Jersey, the NHLPA may be considering a fight. The links to the stories are embedded in the text. Happy reading.
From the local Jersey Paper, The Star-Ledger
Rich Chere: Lamoriello says “we’ve done nothing wrong” and now it’s over to the NHLPA. Sounds like a fight may be brewing.
Rich Chere: Writes about how the Kings could get back into the thick of things.
Mike Mazzeo: Breaks down similar contracts.
Mike Mazzeo: Discusses that Zach Parise is in holding pattern for now until this contract dispute is resolved.
Ledger Staff: Fans react (good reading)
LA Times Reaction
Helene Elliott: Contract went too far.
Helene Elliott: Kings may be back in the mix.
Eric Duhatschek, The Globe And Mail: Writes about easy fix to contract.
Larry Brooks, New York Post: Brooks defends the contract, writing the “Kovalchuk contract, which meets every legal standard outlined in the collective bargaining agreement, is merely the latest example of a powerful team acting creatively in order to keep as much of its personnel intact as possible.”
Michael Traikos, National Post: Traikos argues that the contract isn’t that bad for the NHL and its fans.
Scott Burnside, ESPN: Burnside writes about the questions that have arisen as a result of this deal.
Jim Kelley, SI: Kelly writes that this case is about “about power, politics and positioning with a few personality issues tossed in for good measure.”
Michael Farber, SI: Farber writes that the NHL couldn’t ignore this contract and had to act.
John Branch, NY Times: Great article where Branch writes of the contrast between the big contract and the problems faced by Newark.
Ken Campbell, Hockey News: Story about how the Kings avoided a potential salary cap disaster by missing out on Kovalchuk