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Union files Kovalchuk grievance

Updated: July 26, 2010, 7:44 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

As expected, the National Hockey League Players' Association filed a grievance with the NHL Monday over the league's decision to reject last week's 17-year deal between star winger Ilya Kovalchuk and the New Jersey Devils.

The players' union had until 5 p.m. ET Monday to grieve the rejection of what would have been the longest contract in NHL history.

The league is asserting the deal -- worth $102 million in total, $95 million of which would be paid out over the first 10 years of the ...

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