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Ilya Kovalchuk's deal crossed line

Updated: August 9, 2010, 10:34 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

And so the hockey world reacts with shock and dismay after star winger Ilya Kovalchuk is once again a free agent after an arbitrator took a long look at his proposed 17-year, $102-million deal with the New Jersey Devils and ruled that it smelled like two-day old carp.

Why?

The deal stunk from the moment it was signed, and everyone -- from the NHL that rejected it on down to New Jersey president and GM Lou Lamoriello -- knew it.

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