Ilya Kovalchuk Chaos: Reported Numbers, NHL Decision Coming Wednesday

Tab BamfordSenior Writer ISeptember 1, 2010

NEWARK, NJ - JULY 20: Ilya Kovalchuk of the New Jersey Devils speaks with the media after announcing his contract renewal at the Prudential Center on July 20, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The New Jersey Devils sent an amended contract to the NHL for review last week, with reports saying the 17-year, $102 million contract had been "edited" to a 15-year, $100 million deal.

On Tuesday, Sportnet's Nick Kypreos tweeted the annual salaries in the new deal, however it appears to be dramatically different than the original deal. Here are the annual salaries reported by Sportsnet:


The immediate reaction is that the middle seasons, with annual salaries of over $11M each, are still ridiculously high.

However, the escalating amounts in the final two seasons make a late buyout seem less likely, but the $1M years could still be a sticking point.

New Jersey has deals they will need to make once a deal is approved, so the longer the NHL waits to make a decision, the more intrigue will surround the trade market late in the summer.

A ruling will come, one way or the other, on Wednesday.