Let me elaborate:
The sooner you either resign, or die, the better it will be for the NHL, and the sport of hockey.
To further elaborate:
I would like an explanation of why you have summarily rejected the contract that the New jersey Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk recently signed. In no way does the contract contravene any rules of the collective bargaining agreement for which you sacrificed an entire season.
There is no limit on contract length in the CBA.
The CBA has no stipulation limiting the degree to which contracts can be "front-loaded" in order to alleviate the salary cap. New Jersey operated entirely within the limits of the rules of the NHL. It may not have obeyed what you personally think is spirit of the rules, but it obeyed the very letter of the law. You are having a tantrum now, saying the contract circumvents the rules, but that is not New Jersey's problem. It is YOURS. You are paid seven and a quarter million dollars every year to supposedly use your brain and think of eventualities like this. You canceled an entire hockey season to get a salary cap, but didn't think beyond that. And now the rules you insisted on, the rules we fans paid an entire season for, are not good enough?
I couldn't care less about New Jersey or Ilya Kovalchuk. Personally, I think the deal is stupid and bound to create long-term problems for New Jersey. But it's their decision. What worries me is the precedent this sets. For one thing, you cannot prove this contract circumvents the problems raised by the salary cap any more than Vincent Lecavalier's, Pavel Datsyuk's, or anyone else's contract. So if there really is no difference, what's to stop you from stepping in and barring any contract you personally dislike? If you can indeed do that, then no NHL team, or fan, is safe. If Carey Price should blossom into a superstar, can you prevent Montreal from signing him to a long-term deal? The answer, based on your actions, is a definite "yes."
That is why, with all my heart, I urge you, I implore, to step down and let someone with some business sense, some foresight, some amount of brains, to take over as Commissioner of the NHL. Failing that, I promise you this: I will devoutly pray, each and every day, for your demise.