Jun 30, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; NHL commissioner Gary Bettman during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Forgives Part Of Devils Cap Circumvention Penalty

The future of the New Jersey Devils was looking bleak after the penalty due to the Ilya Kovalchuk cap circumvention and after Kovalchuk retired this past summer. The Devils were fined $3-million and had to give up their first round pick this year.

But now the NHL has decided to forgive the Devils and return some of the penalty back to the franchise. The NHL told the Devils that they will have the 30th overall pick (last pick) of the first round of this seasons draft in Philadelphia. Also, they will give back half of the $3-million fine.

TSN’s Darren Dregar reported this earlier today:

This is excellent news for the Devils. Any time you do not have a first round pick it is not a good thing, especially since they did not trade it for anything.

The league has put one rule on the pick though, the Devils cannot trade it away, they must make a selection.

However, teams are not happy about this news. They feel like the Devils should still be penalized for the Kovalchuk contract, but in reality, teams have been doing it for years. It was a stupid decision to begin with and should never have happened. A simple fine is good enough, but taking away a draft pick was asinine.

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