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Decision Day For Kovalchuk Contract

The final decision on Ilya Kovalchuk’s contract will come by the end of the business day today.

Today, systems arbitrator Richard Bloch will announce whether Ilya Kovalchuk's rejected 17-year, $102 million contract will be overturned. Photo Credit: Jennifer Brown/The Star-Ledger

Systems arbitrator Richard Bloch will announce his decision today after wrapping up hearings on the case last Thursday. He had 48 hours to rule on the case, but with the weekend, he was given an extension until today.

Just to remind you – if the arbitrator rules that the NHL was correct in rejecting the contract, then the deal is immediately voided and Kovalchuk becomes a free agent. Kovalchuk and the Devils are then free to re-negotiate a deal.

If Bloch rules in favor of the Devils, the league must then immediately ratify the contract.

Continue to check The Devils’ Den throughout the day for breaking news on the decision!

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