from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star, Imagine this scenario: Kovalchuk signs a 10-year contract with Atlanta for $10 million a year. Then, starting next year, outside economic forces push the league’s escrow up from 13 per cent per paycheque to say, 20 per cent.So now he’s getting $8 million a year.Then, in 2012, a new collective bargaining agreement between the owners and players includes another 24 per cent salary rollback and new limits on term for individual player contracts.Finally, the Thrashers sell to new ownership, who sensibly give up on Atlanta, moving the team to Kansas City.So Kovalchuk might end up playing for a sharply devalued, shortened contract in a city in which he doesn’t want to live for owners he doesn’t trust or like.Now, it’s unlikely all these dynamics would come...

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