Just for the sake of people who are working and checking out the link dump this morning, I wanted to post this bit of news about the Kovy deal.
signing (supposedly) a seven year, $60 million dollar contract.
“It looks like Ilya Kovalchuk is staying in New Jersey. According to the team’s official Twitter account, the winger has signed a contract and will have a press conference to announce the deal on Tuesday Earlier in the day, Kovalchuk’s agent Jay Grossman said on Twitter: “Ilya Kovalchuk will make his decision today (for sure, this time!)”.
The 27-year old Kovalchuk, was the best forward available when free agency opened on July 1, and had been rumored to be heading to either the Los Angeles Kings or the Devils. In fact, talks with the Kings have reportedly started and stopped three times in the last 19 days, as the two sides tried to come to an agreeable salary.
The New York Post reported on July 5 that Kovalchuk and the Devils were close to an agreement on a seven-year, $60 million contract. Kovalchuk scored 41 goals and 44 assists last year in a season split between the Devils and the Atlanta Thrashers. He was dealt to New Jersey on Feb. 4 along with Anssi Salmela and a 2nd-round draft pick in exchange for Niclas Bergfors, Johnny Oduya, Patrice Cormier, as well as New Jersey’s first and second-round 2010 draft picks.”
Sucks to be a Kings fan today.