We have it from the horse’s mouth. Bill Daly has confirmed that the league has received a contract for Ilya Kovalchuk from the New Jersey Devils. The terms, as I write this, are not yet known but it is speculated to be a 15 year deal at $100 million. It would surprise me if such a deal were approved but much of it depends on the back end and, at this point, I am willing to say anything is possible. The NHL now has 5 days to review. To be clear, this contract was not pre-approved. There were discussions about it but the earlier rumors that it was a done deal were, in fact, wrong.