Ilya Kovalchuk. Just How Much Will He Cost the New Jersey Devils?

November 2nd, 2010 by Nick Derence Leave a reply »
The New Jersey Devils are flat-out awful right now.

Cue the jokes: "The Devils are in hell."  "Their play is bedeviling to their fans," etc...

Sure, they have some key players injured, but when they come back, just how much better will they be?

After several attempts by both the Devils and Kings, Ilya Kovachuk was finally re-signed by New Jersey.  The result for Lou and crew was that the Kovy signing created a  laundry list of issues that New Jersey will have to overcome, not only for this season, but also in the near future.  That list is a daunting one.


The Cap Nightmare of 2010-2011

Signed and approved in September, Kovalchuk's deal put the Devils about $3 million over the $59.4 million cap. Speculation was rampant regarding how New Jersey would restructure their roster to get below the cap max. In the end, a couple timely injuries allowed the team to essentially keep the roster intact, but then the season began.

Big-ticket free agent acquisition, Anton Volchenkov, and forward Brian Rolston soon suffered injuries. Winger Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond was suspended.  How bad we ...

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