The Red Flag
Now that Luongo, Savard and Pronger’s contracts are now listed as under investigation (according to their respective teams), there is something interesting to note in the Boston Bruins press announcement:
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli issued the following statement today regarding the NHL’s investigation of the seven-year contract extension signed by Marc Savard on December 1, 2009:
“We are cooperating fully with the League in its investigation of the Marc Savard contract extension. The League informed us upon their registration of the contract on December 1, 2009 that they would be investigating the circumstances surrounding this contract. From that point on, they commenced their investigation and it has been ongoing since then. On August 4th, I met with two League appointed lawyers as part of the investigation. We will continue to cooperate with the League in any future investigative proceedings if necessary and we will have no further comment on the matter at this time.”
Notice the date? August 4th.
That was the day before Kovalchuk’s hearing in Boston (irony?). If the league sent their lawyers to investigate Savard’s contract (to investigate the circumstances surrounding a possible CBA circumvention) the day before Kovalchuk’s hearing, that means the arbitrator walked in knowing how he would rule before hearing the NHLPA’s side of the argument.
The arbitrator was just putting the NHL’s plans into play.
The investigations did not begin last night or today (after the Kovalchuk ruling)…it all started before Kovalchuk’s hearing.
Make no mistake, the Bruins GM made a point in saying August 4th in his press release for a reason.