Kovy, Modano, Kaberle and more

Updated: July 23, 2010, 1:13 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

Here are a few summer musings as we await the next chapter in the Ilya Kovalchuk "As The Contract Spins" soap opera to unfold.

Just wondering … Was the NHL pushed over the edge to reject Kovalchuk's record-breaking 17-year deal partially because of Kovalchuk's desire not to be seen as having left money on the table last season?

You'll recall how Kovalchuk shunned a 12-year, $101 million offer from the Atlanta Thrashers this past season before then-GM Don Waddell ...

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