You Just Have To Laugh: NHL, NHLPA Push Back Kovalchuk Deadline

Just when we thought this Ilya Kovalchuk  thing could finally end -- you know, two months after it began -- we hear this:

The Ilya Kovalchuk contract situation expected to reach a conclusion by 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday will instead continue until 5 p.m. ET Friday. The NHL and NHLPA mutually agreed to extend the deadline to accept or reject the latest contract Kovalchuk signed with the New Jersey Devils.

That's Dan Rosen of NHL.com, breaking the hilarious news. That's what it is at this point: just absolutely, positively hilarious. But seriously, why the delay? Here are a few possible scenarios:

- The NHL was going to reject the deal, but they want to make it work so they're chatting with the Devils and trying to get a fix made by Friday. Why else would the PA have agreed to extend this deadline?

- The NHL is going to reject this thing regardless, but they want to wait until everybody is gone, on their way to Labor Day Weekend vacation spots on Friday afternoon. One of the first rules of PR: when you're announcing bad news, you wait til the end of business on Friday.

- The NHL likes playing sick jokes on people.

16 days til training camp.

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