There's a deadline today in the Ilya Kovalchuk contract situation. By 5 PM today, the NHL is supposed to make a decision on whether or not they'll accept his new 15-year, $100 million deal with the Devils.
If you've been following this story all summer long, however, you know that won't happen. Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record, who surely just wants this thing to end after covering it since July, reported as much this morning.
I'm told progress toward an agreement with promise of continued talks won't be enough for NHL to make a ruling on Kovalchuk today.
Only ways ruling on Kovy will come today are if there is an agreement before 5 p.m. or if NHL-NHLPA break off talks on amendment before 5.
It's not expected that they'll come to an agreement by 5, so it looks like we'll be waiting through the Labor Day weekend. Hell, even if they were expected to agree by 5, we know that with the way this thing has been all summer, they'd find a way to screw it up.
An agreement will come eventually. As Gulitti notes, the two sides know that they have to come to an agreement, or, well.... things could get really ugly.
14 days til training camp.