General Hockey

A Pug’s Eye View of Ilya Kovalchuk


By Todd Wyant

Courtesy of TSN

We all saw this behemoth contract coming and just when we were thinking sunshine, suntans and surfing….

It ends just as poorly as The Soprano’s or anything hockey related on ESPN.

Reported: 17 years and $102 Million

The Devils fan will say everyone else is jealous

Everyone else will enjoy the next contract negotiation for Zach Parise

I am glad that I won’t have to read any more annoying tweets.

After thinking about this for a few hours, I started thinking. Ilya is 27 and has played 8 seasons in the NHL. The average NHL career is roughly 5.5 seasons. That contract length once again, 17 years.

So I went looking for some information, surely someone laid out some metrics for NHL careers.

Oh yes, someone did:

Thank you,

While maybe not everything contained in that article is exact, but what it shows is pretty much what I first thought when I heard the contract terms. From what I understand, there is NO “NTC or NMC” to the new deal. It’s a Pre-35 and has all sorts of circumvention all over it. Hey, Lou may have gotten over pretty well here, but I am looking forward to the future implications in a new CBA, which is not far off.

Oh well, it is New Jersey’s issue and they just chose 17 years of regular season awesomeness. Enjoy it, kids!

In other news:

Classic love from The Civic Arena:

***I’m an unapologetic hockey fan who happens to appreciate the Pittsburgh Penguins more than 29 other teams, a fine Pennsylvania boy who was raised in the ‘Burgh. I currently reside in Western NY chattering endlessly about hockey, torturing Sabres fan any chance I get.

Likes- Hockey, Music, Pugs, Pittsburgh, People with Humor, Twitter and casual strolls in the moonlight while mocking the Philadelphia Flyers

Dislikes- Bad people, excuses, Humorless life forms, MySpace and casual strolls in the daylight crying over a Penguins loss

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About Brian Metzer

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Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Brian Metzer has been covering the Pittsburgh Penguins and National Hockey League since 2004. He is the host of Penguins Live Weekly, a show that airs Saturday mornings on 105.9 the X and iHeart Radio. He serves as the Pittsburgh Penguins correspondent for NHL Network Radio on SiriusXM, and is the NHL and Penguins correspondent for the Beaver County Times. Metzer is also a contributing writer for and is the primary contributor for this site

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    Brian Metzer

    July 20, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Not sure why the embedded vid isn’t working…thus the link above!

  2. OneSmugPug

    July 20, 2010 at 8:24 am

    I would inevitably get up at some ungodly hour this morning to learn of the NMC/NTC provisions…..respectfully made fun of @

  3. Evilpens

    July 20, 2010 at 8:25 am

    WOW A Rod Schutt Sighting!!