Report: NHL to Change Regular-Season Tiebreaker

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According to TSN.ca (via ESPN.com) the National Hockey League will change its regular-season tie breaking rule.

The previous tiebreaker saw the team with the most amount of total wins in a tie take over sole possession of their respective position in the standings. For example: if the Buffalo Sabres and New Jersey Devils were tied for fourth in the Eastern Conference and each had 102 points, but the Sabres had 45 wins and the Devils had 44, the Sabres would take over sole possession of fourth.

The new tie breaking system is supposed to be implemented in time for the coming season.

With the new system, the team with the most amount of wins, excluding shootout wins, will win the tiebreaker.

The new rule was first proposed by Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson at the general managers meetings in March. The new rule is supposed to make hockey more of a team game, especially considering the new tie breaking system could decide who makes the playoffs and eventually wins the Stanley Cup, which almost happened last season.

After making the playoffs thanks to a shootout victory over the New York Rangers on the last day of the regular-season, the Philadelphia Flyers took the Chicago Blackhawks to six games in the Stanley Cup finals before loosing in overtime.

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BREAKING NEWS: Kovalchuk Contract Denied by Arbitrator

Multiple news outlets are confirming that arbitrator Richard Bloch has sided with the National Hockey League in the Ilya Kovalchuk case.

Kovalchuk’s 17-year, $102 million contract with the New Jersey Devils was originally rejected by the NHL on July 21st due to salary cap circumvention. With the way the deal was structured, Kovalchuk would make $6 million in the next two seasons, $11.5 million from 2012 to 2017, $10.5 million the next season and $550 000 in the last five seasons. If Kovalchuk were to play all 17 years of his contract, he will be 44-years-old by the time it expires.

Kovalchuk has spent the majority of his eight year career with Atlanta but was traded to New Jersey before the Olympics last season.

With the decision, Kovalchuk now returns to the free agent market and is eligible to sign with any team.

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