NHL Free Agents 2010: Ilya Kovalchuk About To Sign Deal With The Devil(s)?

July 5th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
According to Mark Everson of the New York Post, the New Jersey Devils appear to be the front runners to sign unrestricted free agent Ilya Kovalchuk.

Everson cites a source that suggests the deal will be for $60 million over seven years, which is far less than the New York Islanders rumored deal of $100 million over 10 years.

Kovalchuk, who was rumored to be headed to the Los Angeles Kings last Friday, rejected that offer over the weekend, leaving the New York Islanders and Devils as the front runners in the sweepstakes for the NHL's top free agent.

While this deal has yet to be announced by the Devils or Kovalchuk’s agent, it makes sense on the surface, especially if Kovalchuk is longing for a Stanley Cup.

Though the Devils were unable to get past the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round of the playoffs after trading for the former Thrashers star, New Jersey owns one of the better defense’s in the NHL and a Hall of Fame calibre goaltender in Marty Brodeur, which gives it a chance to hoist the Stanley Cup this season and beyond.

By keeping Kovalchuk, it would greatly enhance any chance of the Devils making a l ...

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