Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Arbitrator in Kovalchuk case: "I can read minds."

The judge's findings of fact:
  • The Contract is for 17 years. 
  • 17 years is a long time. 
  • Ilya Kovalchuk is 27 years old. 
  • The NHL does not like the deal. 

The judge's findings, based on innuendo, intuition, and extra-legal evaluation:
  • It's not FAIR!
So  Richard Bloch has decided that he can divine intent, without actually deciding whether or not the contract adheres to the actual rules of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL and the Players' Association.
Awesome. So we can now decide the merits of contracts based, not so much on whether they adhere to existing laws, but whether or not we LIKE them or not. What a wonderful precedent this sets for the NHL to throw out contracts willy nilly.

Watch for Kovalchuk to go to Russia, and the NHL to lose a marquee player.
And this will undoubtedly bolster Bettman's already inflated ego enough to sacrifice another season when the current CBA expires.

What a wonderful day this must be for the crooks at the NHL head office.

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