According to multiple reports, arbitrator Richard Bloch denied the NHL Players' Association's grievance over the NHL ruling Ilya Kovalchuk's contract with the New Jersey Devils null and void because it circumvented the salary cap, returning Kovalchuk to unrestricted free-agent status.
I first met him when I was 19 years old and he coached me for 13 consecutive years. I don't know how many athletes who have had that pleasure. Al Arbour was a man that left us not only feeling like champions, but left us with a lot of great memories that we can carry on through life.
— Islanders Hall of Fame defenseman Denis Potvin on former coach Al Arbour, who passed away Friday at the age of 82