NHL: Ilya Kovalchuk set to re-sign with the New Jersey Devils
Ilya Kovalchuk finally decided that he will be back with the New Jersey Devils. Kovalchuk had been receiving offers from a few teams. The Los Angeles Kings and the KHL were the active hunters for Kovalchuk. The New York Islanders had made a deal for 10 years, 100 million but Kovalchuk didn’t see any future there to even consider it. The Los Angeles Kings came close to landing Kovalchuk one day, then the other day it was all but dead. I’m guessing Kovalchuk just went ahead with the smarter option to re-sign instead of continuing contract talks with the Los Angeles Kings for another month. The KHL too were a possibility for Kovalchuk. For one he was going to get paid and the other was playing back in your hometown. So the KHL was probably an enticing choice. The New Jersey Devils acquired Kovalchuk on Feb. 4 along with defenceman Anssi Salmela for defenceman Johnny Oduya, forward Niclas Bergfors, junior prospect Patrice Cormier and a first round draft pick. The only details of the deal is that it is a 17 year contract over 100 million. The Devils will hold a press conference Tuesday at the Prudential Center.