If you haven’t noticed, I’m not very up on the hockey scene. But I gotta say, I just can’t believe that signing a player to a 17 year contract is the norm in the NHL. If it is, well I’m just showing you just how much I don’t follow the NHL. And if it isn’t, well it isn’t.
No matter if it’s the norm or not, the real story here is that it actually happened today as Ilya Kovalchuk agreed to a 17 year contract to return to the New Jersey Devils.
Madness I tell you. Madness.
Kovalchuk has signed a 17-year deal which could top $100 million, a source told ESPN.com’s Scott Burnside. The source initially reported the amount as $150 million.
“This was a long arduous process that has taken frankly a little longer than I thought,” agent Jay Grossman said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “But you know what, nothing is worth anything unless you work for it. I can tell you he is very happy to be with the New Jersey Devils.”
Kovalchuk is already 27 so I’m not sure that New Jersey took into account that they could quite possibly have a 44-year-old skating around for them 17 years from now. But I guess that is a reason for someone who could care less either way to get fired up about a contract that will last almost forever.
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