Thursday, March 6, 2014

the NHL reneges on Devils punishment

From where I sit it looks like sometimes punishment isn't really punishment...

The NHL has returned the draft pick forfeited by the New Jersey Devils for their ridiculous attempt to get around the salary cap with Ilya Kovalchuk. That entire situation has been run badly. For starters the NHL gave the Devils the choice as to when they would lose the pick. Couple that with a slap on the wrist fine it didn't seem to be much in the way of a deterrent. Now the league has decided to give New Jersey back a first round pick. How does the logic even work here? Yes, it's their game and they can decide how to enforce penalties. However, this isn't leaving much in the way of an incentive for other teams not to follow along. The Devils shouldn't have a pick this year.  It should be that simple.  Thankfully, we are on a new CBA and the current agreement outlaws crap like what the Devils were trying to pull. At the same time, teams like the Canucks are still paying for their transgressions by having to trade good players fir little return just to get rid of a bad contract. All that being said it's pretty much the just desserts for any team; having their hands tied for trying to cheat the system.

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

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