Report: Ilya Kovalchuk hearing

Updated: August 4, 2010, 6:40 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Ilya Kovalchuk's future is being decided in Boston.

Arbitrator Richard Bloch is holding a hearing that will conclude on Thursday to decide whether the New Jersey Devils' 17-year, $102 million contract to the free-agent forward can be rejected by the league, NHL.com reported on Wednesday.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly has said that the deal, which is front-loaded, circumvents the collective bargaining agreement by manipulating salary-cap rules.

Bloch can make the ruling as ...

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