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.
We think that Randy is a very good coach. Our players think that Randy is a very good coach. We think that he's going to get the most out of this group. With the addition of the two assistants, a bit of a different dynamic, we're very comfortable that this is a quality coaching staff that's going to maximize the potential of this team.
— Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on head coach Randy Carlyle and his staff