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Ilya Kovalchuk now free agent

Updated: August 27, 2010, 4:11 PM ET
Associated Press

Ilya Kovalchuk is back on the free-agent market, and talking already.

An arbitrator ruled Monday that the NHL acted correctly in voiding Kovalchuk's landmark $102 million contract with the Devils.

The league had rejected the 17-year contract, saying the longest deal in league history violated its salary cap.

The NHL Players Association filed a grievance against the league. A hearing was held last week and arbiter Richard Bloch sided with the league when he issued his ruling.

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