Kovalchuk Looking Less and Less Likely for New Jersey Devils

July 14th, 2010 by levinakl Leave a reply »
In what seems very unorthodox to most people who have followed the New Jersey Devils, GM Lou Lamoriello has remained emphatic that the Devils are still "in the mix" to sign LW Ilya Kovalchuk to a free agent deal.

While it seems more and more apparent to all that Kovalchuk likely wants to be a King, it still hasn't happened two weeks after the free agency period began.  Plus, it doesn't seem very Lou-like to stand by and try to convince a player to stay, when it appears that player would rather be elsewhere.

After all, when Paul Martin departed from the Devils on July 1, he indicated he thought Lamoriello wanted Martin to make it clear he wanted to be a Devil.  When that didn't happen, Martin didn't get the offer he expected from the Devils, and left for the Penguins, signing a 5-year $25 million contract.

So while Kovalchuk obviously is one of the best talents in the league, the Devils have always worked under the premise that no one player is bigger than the team.

So by that theory, shouldn't Lamoriello have moved on by now? What is the hold up? Is it interference from ownership, or is Lamoriello changing his spots a bit?& ...

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