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Commish denies report of deal rejection

Updated: August 25, 2010, 4:58 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman denied reports that the NHL rejected a second attempt by the New Jersey Devils to bring star winger Ilya Kovalchuk under contract.

The New York Post reported Wednesday that the league rejected a second proposal from the Devils and Kovalchuk's representatives.

"In order for a contract to be rejected, there would have to be a signed contract submitted," Bettman said Wednesday after addressing the World Hockey Summit. "There has not been ...

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