Disheartening news. It looks like the NHL wants it's cake and eat it too. It isn't enough that we're almost guaranteed a lockout in two years, but that the league may also lose one of it's marquee stars. Great job! On the positive note I get the feeling that maybe by Monday of next week we'll at least know finally, 100% for certain if Kovalchuk is a Devil or is going to the KHL. KHL season starts on Sept 8th.