In a shocking turn of events, the NHL has decided to reinstate the New Jersey Devils’ lost first round pick AND reimburse the team half of the fine it imposed.
Tom Gulitti reported multiple times since Ilya Kovalchuk had his sudden retirement from the NHL if they would reverse the crushing decision that left the Devils with no 1st-round pick for this year’s draft a a 3 million dollar fine for trying to circumvent the salary cap. The NHL frequently said “this changes nothing.”
The Devils may not be receiving their mid-tier pick, but #30 is good enough for me considering the Devils were about to go into this year with nothing.
It isn’t really known why or how the NHL had this sudden change of heart but Lou Lamoriello must be behind this. It would be absolutely shocking if he wasn’t somehow behind this sudden change of heart.
So now, the last remaining memory of Ilya Kovalchuk can finally be erased from this team. The demons may finally be gone.
This is probably the best news possible coming off of the Trade Deadline and now the Devils can focus even farther into the future with the upcoming NHL Entry Draft.