NEW YORK, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- The NHL said Tuesday it is examining several "front-loaded" long-term player contracts in the wake of an arbitrator's ruling this week.
Arbitrator Richard Bloch ruled Monday in favor of the NHL's power to void the 17-year, $102 million contract given to free agent forward Ilya Kovalchuk, deciding it violated the league's salary cap.
Now similar contracts are being looked at, NHL Senior Vice President of Public Relations Gary Meagher told ESPN, citing deals signed by Chicago Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa, Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger, Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo and Boston Bruins center Marc Savard.
"I'm not sure 'investigation' is the right word," Meagher told the broadcaster. "We're looking at them."
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed the NHL is eyeing Savard's seven-year, $28 million deal for possible salary cap violations, saying, "We are cooperating fully with the league in its investigation of the Marc Savard contract extension."