The NHL's Horseshit Deal With The Devils

Back in 2010, the Devils signed Ilya Kovalchuk to a frontloaded 17-year contract. It was an obvious attempt to clear cap space by sticking cheap, never-intended-to-be-honored seasons on the back end, and the NHL responded swiftly, voiding the deal and fining the Devils $3 million and first- and third-round picks. The… » 3/06/14 1:41pm 3/06/14 1:41pm

Ilya Kovalchuk Joins The KHL, And He's Getting A Raise

Four days after Ilya Kovalchuk's shocking retirement from the Devils, he's found himself a job. As expected, Kovalchuk's deal with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL was made official today. Let's see how much he'll make, and then maybe we'll stop calling his NHL retirement "shocking." » 7/15/13 9:01am 7/15/13 9:01am

The NHL Barely Dodged A Putin-Backed Russian Mutiny, But The League…

The NHL lockout is over, and most of the players (not Lubomir Visnovsky, though) who kept their games sharp in the KHL have returned to work in the United States. Washington's Alex Ovechkin is back in the States, saying funny things and wearing funny t-shirts. Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin has abandoned Magnitogorsk, a… » 1/08/13 5:00pm 1/08/13 5:00pm

Ilya Kovalchuk Scored A 180-Foot Own Goal, And They Credited It To Cam…

When I saw the scoresheet for yesterday's Devils/Hurricanes game, I mostly ran around in circles yelling "Goalie goal!" over and over again. For fans of novelty highlights, goalie goals are up there with unassisted triple plays as one of the rarest and most valuable sporting occurrences. » 12/27/11 10:00am 12/27/11 10:00am

Sympathy For The Devils

Two images captured the past, present, future of the Devils: the puck skittering harmlessly away from Kovalchuk's stick in the shootout, and Brodeur looking on in street clothes. It's a changing of the guard, but we never imagined they could be bad. » 11/11/10 11:55am 11/11/10 11:55am

This Is What $102 Million Gets You, Devils Fans

The shootout has been one of the most welcome additions to the NHL in the last few years. The excitement's palpable and the chances of seeing either an amazing goal or an amazing stop are present. But not tonight in Dirty Jerz. » 11/10/10 10:45pm 11/10/10 10:45pm

Ryan Howard Finally Not Worth $125 Million To The Philadelphia Phillies?

Because no one reads the newspaper, and SportsCenter's anchors are too perky for this early in the morning, Deadspin combs the best of the broadsheets and internets to bring you everything you need to know to start your day. » 10/24/10 9:00am 10/24/10 9:00am

There Was A Lot Of Fighting In Last Night's Devils/Capitals Game

The things you learn listening to hockey announcers. Take last night's meleepalooza featuring a whole lot of fisticuffs between New Jersey and Washington once the Capitals had a four-goal lead. [Star Ledger] » 10/10/10 2:30pm 10/10/10 2:30pm

Kovalchuk's A Devil, NHL Closes Loophole

In the end, the Kovalchuks and Prongers and Zetterbergs of the league get to keep their frontloaded contracts, but they'll be the last after a new amendment to the rules. Way to do what should have been done last CBA, Bettman. [TSN] » 9/03/10 4:15pm 9/03/10 4:15pm

What In God's Name Is Tim Duncan Doing To That Whale?

Because no one reads the newspaper, and SportsCenter's anchors are too perky for this early in the morning, Deadspin combs the best of the broadsheets and internets to bring you everything you need to know to start your day. » 8/10/10 9:20am 8/10/10 9:20am

Last Night's Winner: The NHL Growing A Pair For Once

In sports, everyone is a winner—some people just win better than others. Like the NHL, which by rejecting Ilya Kovalchuk's contract did the right thing; unfortunately they've been doing the wrong thing for so long, they just come off hypocritical. » 7/21/10 10:00am 7/21/10 10:00am

Ilya Kovalchuk's 17-Year Contract Is So, So Illegal, And The NHL Can't…

It's being reported that Ilya Kovalchuk, 27 years old, re-signed with the Devils for 17 years and $100-plus million. What gives? Oh, nothing. Just New Jersey taking a dump on the salary cap, and wiping its ass with the CBA. » 7/19/10 3:10pm 7/19/10 3:10pm

The Always-Controversial Weather Channel Sees A Hurricane WhoDat Comin'

Because no one reads the newspaper, and SportsCenter's anchors are too perky for this early in the morning, Deadspin combs the best of the broadsheets and the blogosphere to bring you everything you need to know to start your day. » 2/05/10 6:30am 2/05/10 6:30am