Ilya Kovalchuk Signs with New Jersey Devils

July 19th, 2010 by Eric Warren Leave a reply »
Via New Jersey's Twitter feed, it was announced minutes ago that superstar forward Ilya Kovalchuk has agreed to a deal that will keep him in New Jersey.

Details of this deal have not yet been announced.

The following is from the official New Jersey Devils team page.

Big decisions take time, but Ilya Kovalchuk has made up his mind: he’s coming back to the Devils.

Since the free agent signing period began on July 1, almost every day brought new speculation on where the two-time 50-goal scorer might be headed. One of the most coveted unrestricteds in history, Kovalchuk finally ended the suspense Monday, following the Devils' announcement that he’s staying in the Garden State. A 1 p.m. press conference will be held Tuesday at Prudential Center.

A three-time All-Star, Kovalchuk, 27, is the crown jewel on a roster primed to be an offensive juggernaut in 2010-11. As dynamic a scorer as there is in the National Hockey League, he bolsters a lineup that features a pair of 40-goal scorers in Patrik Elias and Zach Parise .

Kovalchuk compiled 41 goals, 44 assists last season, his sixth ...

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