I mean, really, what would be the fun in actually resolving this thing by the pre-determined deadline?

Hockey's most compelling/interminable/unpredictable saga of the summer will stretch on for (at least) another two days as the NHL and NHLPA announced their agreement to extend the deadline for a decision on Ilya Kovalchuk's reported 15-year, $100-million dollar contract to Friday at 5 p.m.

Below is a statement from New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello:

“We remain confident that the terms of this contract comply, in every respect, with the CBA and meet both the NHL’s concerns and the principles of Arbitrator Bloch’s decision. We remain optimistic that this extension will result in an approval of the contract and that Ilya Kovalchuk will remain a valuable member of the Devils for the balance of his career.

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“We will have no further comment until the decision is rendered.”