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Many questions in wake of nixed deal

Updated: July 21, 2010, 6:59 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

In the wake of the NHL's shocking move to reject the 17-year, $102 million deal struck between star winger Ilya Kovalchuk and the New Jersey Devils, many unanswered questions and conspiracy theories hang in the air.

First, a source told ESPN.com on Wednesday morning that Devils president and GM Lou Lamoriello was aware of the NHL's plans to reject the deal in advance of a news conference held Tuesday in Newark to announce the contract and still went ahead with the media availability.

Why? ...

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